Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has begun construction of a facility that will be a part of the proposed space force, the Associated Press reported.
The $128 Space Control Laboratory, a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, will consolidate space combat research and technology development that is now performed at six different facilities at the base.
“Space is now a war-fighting domain,” said Col. Eric Felt, director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland. “If our adversaries attempt to counter us in that domain, we need to have the capabilities and the tools for our nation to counter that.”
The Space Vehicles Directorate conducts space technology research and develops technologies for space use. Several installations are now conducting research into space defense and space-based intelligence and surveillance.
The new facility will include office and lab space for 65 military and civilian contractors with completion expected in December 2020.
Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eli Chevalier