Lieu: “Area is a kind of areas the place the U.S. is just going to have to speculate extra as a result of our rivals are gaining in house.”
WASHINGTON — Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) hailed the April eight announcement that Los Angeles Air Drive Base would be the everlasting dwelling of the U.S. Area Drive procurement command.
“I’m very excited that Area Methods Command might be situated at Los Angeles Air Drive Base,” Lieu informed SpaceNews. “Rep. Ken Calvert and I’ve been engaged on this difficulty for a very long time.”
Calvert (R-Calif.) and Lieu lead the Home Aerospace Caucus and for years have fought again efforts to downsize army installations in Southern California.
The Area Drive on Thursday introduced plans to face up a brand new group, the Area Methods Command, to supervise house know-how growth and procurement. The SSC would take up the Area and Missile Methods Heart, a 67-year-old group primarily based at Los Angeles Air Drive Base, in El Segundo, California.
The information was particularly welcomed by Lieu, who represents that district and likewise has carried out Air Drive Reserve obligation on the Area and Missile Methods Heart, or SMC.
Quickly after the Trump administration directed the Pentagon to attract up plans to determine the U.S. Area Drive, Lieu and Calvert reached out to DoD and Air Drive leaders to make the case that SMC shouldn’t be closed or moved.
“When the Area Drive was introduced, our first precedence was to maintain SMC from being relocated,” Lieu stated. “I’m thrilled to see SMC not solely just isn’t going to maneuver however that Area Methods Command goes to have many extra missions.”
SMC is a campus-like facility at Los Angeles Air Drive Base, which has no runways or airplanes. The bottom for the reason that 1990s has survived a number of rounds of nationwide base closures.
“It routinely has been looked at and targeted,” stated Lieu. Now that the Area Drive has chosen Los Angeles for its acquisitions command, the set up is not going to be liable to being closed.
SMC has a $9 billion annual finances and a workforce of about 6,300 army, civilian personnel and contractors. The Air Drive estimated it contributes $1.eight billion yearly to the native financial system.
“It’s very troublesome to recreate the aerospace and house ecosystem in Southern California in one other location,” Lieu stated. He famous that main corporations that work with SMC — Aerospace Corp., Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, SpaceX — have amenities close by.
Lieu stated the Area Drive doesn’t presently have plans to increase its workforce in Los Angeles however that would change. “Thus far it’s been fairly lean,” he stated. “On the similar time house is a kind of areas the place the U.S. is just going to have to speculate extra as a result of our rivals are gaining in house,” Lieu added. “With each passing day house turns into extra vital each for personal and public sector, for nationwide safety and our industrial companies.”