Virginia's two senators are once again pushing the Defense Depertment consider Hampton Roads as the new headquarters for U.S. Africa Command.
Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are piggybacking on a recent report that criticized the Pentagon's decision to keep the command in Germany.
The Goverment Accountability Office said that decision "was not supported by a comprehensive and well-documented analysis" that balanced the costs, benefits and available options.
Kaine and Warner sent a letter Wednesday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging him to reconsider the decision to keep the command in Germany in light of the GAO report. The senators recommended Hampton Roads as its new location.
The region is home to NATO-ACT, the Joint Armed Forces Staff College and has leftover infrastructure from U.S. Joint Forces Command, which was spread over Norfolk and Suffolk. JFCOM no longer exists as a four-star command, but some of its functions remain in the region.
Hampton Roads also has a growing modeling and simulation industry, research facilities, laboratories, defense contractors and top colleges and universities, the senators said.
"With a Hampton Roads location, AFRICOM woudl be able to draw on the rich talent and professional experience available on its doorstep," the letter states.
The stakes are high. A 2012 Defense Department study said moving the command to the U.S. would save about $65 millionn a year, create 4,500 jobs and pump about $400 million into the region's economy. It would be especially rewarding for Hampton Roads, which depends heavily on defense spending and has taken a hit with budget cutbacks and sequestration.