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    Abortion Debate Snarls Space Command Future as Biden Taps New Leader

    Abortion Debate Snarls Space Command Future as Biden Taps New Leader

    President Joe Biden has nominated Space 's Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting to be promoted as the leader of U.S. Space Command. If confirmed, he will be responsible for the 's warfighting operations outside the Earth's atmosphere.

    But the combatant command Whiting has been nominated to take over still does not have a final basing location, as lawmakers from Alabama and Colorado continue to squabble over the headquarters' home state — a decision that has languished since President Donald Trump's administration.

    Additionally, Whiting's nomination comes as Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., continues to hold up all high-level promotions in the Senate in protest of the Pentagon's policy allowing troops leave for civilian abortion services, leading to uncertainty when the Space Force officer will be approved for his next post.

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    Cole Stevens, a spokesman for Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee, confirmed to Military.com that Whiting's nomination is to lead U.S. Space Command. His nomination was sent to the Senate on Monday.

    If confirmed, Whiting will take over the role from Gen. James Dickinson, who has been the SPACECOM commander since August 2020.

    Whiting is currently the commander of Space Operations Command at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, a role he's held since October 2020.

    He is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Force…

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