THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on http://www.omaha.com wrote:
A Texas base has landed the headquarters of the Air Force’s new cyberspace unit — another blow to local hopes for Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha.
The Pentagon announced Friday that the headquarters of the new 24th Air Force would go to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, pending a final environmental review.
Offutt had been one of the six finalists for the unit, which Pentagon spokesmen have said would bring with it about 400 military and civilian jobs.
Offutt had also been one of six finalists for the Air Forces’ new Global Strike Command, which went instead to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
The Nebraska delegation and other officials were particularly incensed at that Pentagon decision because, Sen. Ben Nelson said, Offutt outscored Barksdale and all four other contenders on the selection criteria.
And Nebraska’s delegation had pushed Offutt as the best site for a new multibranch cyberwarfare unit that instead will be based near Washington, at Fort Meade, Md.
When that decision was announced earlier this month, Nelson called it “sort of a Washington power grab.’’
“We should be able to think beyond physical boundaries,’’ Nelson said, “particularly for cyberthreats.’’
A spokesman for Nelson said a statement was being prepared in reaction to the Pentagon’s announcement Friday.