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$8 million diverted from Colorado military base for border

A planned space control facility at Peterson will be delayed or eliminated to provide money for the border barrier.
Credit: KUSA

DENVER — The Pentagon is diverting $8 million in construction money from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, to help pay for fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The military said Wednesday a planned space control facility at Peterson is among 127 projects that will be delayed or eliminated to shift $3.6 billion to the border barrier sought by President Donald Trump.

Peterson, in Colorado Springs, will be the initial home of the Pentagon's new Space Command, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the space control facility was part of that operation.

Peterson is already home to other units with space operations, including missile warnings.

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Colorado officials are lobbying the military to make Peterson the permanent home of the Space Command.

The Pentagon had a U.S. Space Command from 1985 to 2002, but it was disbanded in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks so that U.S. Northern Command could be established, focusing on homeland defense.

The Air Force still kept its own Space Command, which has its headquarters at Peterson. Northern Command is also based at Peterson.

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The Colorado Springs area is also home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson, which has infantry, helicopter and Stryker vehicle units.

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