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Space Command

Proud to be the past, present, and future home of U.S. Space Command

Colorado Springs is proud to be the provisional home of U.S. Space Command and help advance our country’s mission in space.

With five major military installations, its vast array of military commands, as well as the nation’s highest concentration of aerospace employees, Colorado Springs is already the epicenter of national security space and the best equipped to support the new headquarters – now and well into the future.

In addition to our extensive military space infrastructure, Colorado Springs has a thriving private aerospace and defense presence fueled by a continuous talent-pipeline from the vast array of university programs and degrees offered throughout the state, including the country’s No. 1 undergraduate program in aerospace engineering offered at the U.S. Air Force Academy based in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs is proud of our rich military legacy and our growing aerospace economy, and we look forward to continuing this legacy and remaining the home to U.S. Space Command and the many future generations committed to protecting our skies.


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Reggie Ash Chief Defense Development Officer (719) 575-4325

National Commands

The U.S. Space Command is now one of 11 unified commands under the Department of Defense and is stationed in Colorado Springs: the epicenter for military space.

In addition to the five military installations, Colorado Springs is home to numerous commands critical to national defense, including the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). This command (between the U.S. and Canada) is the only bi-national command in the world and is charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America.

Additional notable commands located in Colorado Springs include U.S. Northern CommandU.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic CommandMissile Defense Integration & Operations Center, and the National Space Defense Center.

Military Installations

Colorado is home to three of five active duty Space Wings, the Reserve’s only space wing, the Army’s sole space brigade, and six active duty military installations including five right here in the Pikes Peak region:

Peterson Air Force Base is the current home to the U.S. Space Command! It is the nation’s only combatant command that conducts operations in, from, and to space to deter conflict, and if necessary, defeat aggression, deliver space combat power for the Joint/Combined force, and defend U.S. vital interests with allies and partners.

United States Air Force Academy is a top national institution that offers the country’s No. 1 undergraduate program in aerospace engineering. The 2020 graduating class included the first group of cadets cross-commissioned into Space Force. It is currently the only source of new officers into the U.S. Space Force. This creates a unique opportunity for cadets interested in becoming a Space Force officer and opportunity to engage with and learn from senior USSPACECOM leaders on a frequent and regular basis.

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is the nation’s premier underground command and control facility serving North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command, USSTRATCOM, and other mission partner tenants.

Fort Carson Army Post is the second-largest employer in the state of Colorado, with 30,000 employees and 377,000 acres of training area. It is home to the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters and is used by all services for realistic arms training.

Schriever Air Force Base includes the National Space Defense Center and the headquarters for the 50th Space Wing, which is responsible for the operation and support of Department of Defense satellites, including the Global Positioning System.

Defense & Aerospace

From satellite operations to space exploration, Colorado Springs is a global leader in aerospace education, research, and innovation.

In addition to the significant military presence in the state, including three of five active duty space wings, the Reserve’s only space wing, and key military commands, Colorado also ranks first in the nation for our concentration of aerospace employees with more than 27,000 employees at private aerospace companies.

With the headquarters of U.S. Space Command currently situated in Colorado Springs, we are proud to have a presence of space troops at Fort Carson and Peterson, Schriever, and Buckley Air Force bases. Ripe with talent and readied infrastructure, Colorado Springs is proud to continue its rich military legacy as our country enters a historic new chapter in space.

Concentration of Aerospace Employees Colorado Space Coalition
Funding from NASA to a Public University The University of Colorado, Boulder

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