With the exception of Senator Bingaman, New Mexico has an all freshman delegation representing us in Washington. It has long been speculated by many, myself included, that this would result in a serious decline in the number of federal dollars coming into New Mexico. However, this latest announcement seems to contradict assumption (subscription):
More of the nation’s space warfare operations are moving to Kirtland Air Force Base next year.
The Battlespace Environment Division — with 175 jobs and an $89 million annual budget — is transferring from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts to Kirtland next year as part of the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
The Air Force plans to break ground in January on the 145,000-square-foot, $53.5 million Battlespace Environment Laboratory, with a completion date of July 2010.