Construction could begin next spring on the new headquarters for U.S. Strategic Command.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the $524 million contract for the new STRATCOM headquarters to Kiewit Phelps. The current STRATCOM HQ at Offutt Air Force Base was built in the 1950s.
Vincent Turner, chief of the Corps’ Military Programs branch, says STRATCOM will have a state-of-the-art facility. "Command and control over your forces is very important in any situation where you have adversaries, terrorists, foreign countries, whatever. When you can’t command and control your forces and give them intelligence and reconnaissance it’s very difficult to execute whatever the mission is."
Turner says it’ll take four years to build the new headquarters, and another year after that for STRATCOM to outfit the building with its equipment and technology. The facility will be built in phases.