ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Air Force has begun construction on a facility at Kirtland Air Force Base that officials say will play a role in the proposed space defense force.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s $12.8 million Space Control Laboratory will consolidate efforts now being conducted in six different facilities on the New Mexico base, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

President Donald Trump has proposed creating a new U.S. Space Force — a plan that has hit widespread resistance on Capitol Hill. However, U.S. military bases have already begun research into areas like space-based intelligence, space surveillance and defensive space control.

The new facility will include office and lab space for 65 civilian and military contractors. It will contain a 5,000 square-foot laboratory space and more than 5,000 square feet of secure office, laboratory and meeting space.

The new laboratory will study space warfighting technology, and house specialized labs and equipment.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in December 2020.