Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham want the newly created U.S. Space Force to take advantage of what the state has to offer.
Grisham, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small – all Democrats – sent a letter to Gen. John W. Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command, urging him to utilize the state’s existing public and private sector space capabilities as the Space Force develops its infrastructure and mission.
The letter was also sent to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Barbara Barrett.
New Mexico is home to many of the nation’s space assets, including several Department of Defense space research and acquisition directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base, Spaceport America, two national laboratories, research universities and a growing list of innovative private companies, the letter said. The space industry in the state represents thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact, the lawmakers said.