The Space & Missile Defense Symposium.
The Rocket City.
250 agencies, businesses affiliated with the nation’s space and missile defense industry.
Military representatives from the U.S. and allies.
But one glaring absence – the U.S. Space Command. Its booth was empty.
The command, which last week reversed a planned move to Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, was a no-show at the pre-eminent industry gathering for the nation and U.S. allies.
“It’s disappointing to see an empty booth labeled ‘United States Space Command’ at the SMD,” said U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville). “Huntsville plays a vital role in our nation’s defense, and no matter where the fight for Space Command Headquarters currently stands — I believe General Dickinson owes Huntsville the common courtesy of either showing up to the symposium as planned or sending a representative in his place.”
Organizers were told Space Command would not be able to attend because there was no one available to man its booth.