President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012 contains a big pile of money for a proposed new military base in eastern Nebraska.
The current Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha would become the new home of the U.S. Strategic Command — or StratCom — under the president’s budget outline.
It seeks $150-million for the first phase of building the new base, which has a total price tag of $564-million.
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says StratCom needs the new base so it can oversee nuclear, space and cyberspace missions.
The new facility could be ready in about five years.
Senator Nelson adds, he’s been reassured that there will also be funding for renovating and expanding the V.A. Hospital in Omaha, a project that’s expected to exceed a half-billion dollars.