The United States Senate is very close to passing a $662 billion defense bill. U. S. Senator Ben Nelson is on the Armed Services Committee and says part of those funds will go to the construction of the nation’s space operations, warfare and missile defense, intelligence and global strike headquarters, Stratcom. Senator Nelson says the current facility at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue is 60-years old and in need of replacement.
Nelson says the anticipated four year construction project will employ 400 people with an additional 100 jobs associated with support efforts. Stratcom currently supports 1,689 civilian and military jobs and will grow once the new headquarters are complete.
Nelson is pleased with the support seen in Washington for the building of the new Stratcom headquarters. The current facility has experienced electrical and cooling system failures, flooding and fires and a new complex is needed for Stratcom to be able to carry out its expanding missions.