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Growing Kirtland Air Force Base

  KAFB Albuquerque, New Mexico

Physical Growth Capabilities

There is enough documented space within Kirtland AFB boundaries for any conceivable growth at Kirtland AFB which meets Department of Defense and Air Force criteria for mission growth. 

 

KAFB Space Initiatives

Kirtland Air Force Base is growing, and opportunities for further growth are present:

 

Nuclear Weapons Center

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is a sustainment and logistics center.

The recent emphasis on the Nuclear Enterprise within the Air Force has resulted in significant growth in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center on Kirtland AFB, in both people and facilities.  The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center has significant responsibilities within the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise in ensuring proper logistics and sustainment. This growth is continuing and we will highlight it as appropriate in future web site updates. 

Note: It is Department of Defense policy to neither confirm nor deny the existence of nuclear weapons
at any particular location.

BRAC

Growth as the result of the 2005 BRAC round:  

The 2005 Base  Realignment and Closure round resulted in two gains for Kirtland AFB.  The smaller gain was the directed movement on base of a Reserve Center previously located off-base on Wyoming south of Lomas and north of Copper. 

The larger gain was the directed move of the Battlespace Environment ("Space Weather") Division of the Space Vehicles Directorate from Hanscom AFB MA to Kirtland AFB. The move, part of the 2005 BRAC process, is to be completed by September 2011.

The Space Vehicles Directorate is one of two Air Force Research Laboratory Directorates at Kirtland AFB. A new $56 million dollar laboratory building at Kirtland AFB for the Battlespace Environment Division was almost complete at the end of 2010, well ahead of the deadline.   A new $56 million dollar laboratory building for this “Space Weather” unit is almost complete, well ahead of the deadline.

Space

Space is a significant growth area for Kirtland AFB.  

There are four Air Force organizations involved with Space, on Kirtland AFB:

  • The Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory
  • The Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory
  • The Space Development and Test Directorate of the Air Force Space Command
  • The Operationally Responsive Space organization which reports directly to the Secretary of the Air Force, who acts as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Space.  

These units involve both Research and Development organizations and Operational units and are working together closely with a synergy worth attention.   Space is a frontier which will continue to undergo significant growth, and the Kirtland Partnership Committee will participate as appropriate to help that growth. Recent Air Force initiatives on significant budget cuts for Operationally Responsive Space and The Space Development and Test Directorate did not obtain congressional approval.

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