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NASA’s future is uncertain no more. After more than a year, Congress passed the NASA authorization bill last week, much to the relief of many of the region’s aerospace companies and their employees. “America’s civil space program has been in costly and divisive turmoil since Congress received the president’s budget proposal,” said Space Foundation Chief […]
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New Department of Defense contracting guidelines seek to cut department costs while maintaining profit for defense companies. But can both be done at the same time? The guidelines are supposed to improve management, while giving defense companies incentives to lower production costs. The idea is to cut unnecessary expenses, say DoD officials. “With incentives, profitability […]
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The federal government spent the past two years shifting defense contracting jobs from the private to the public sector in an effort to save money, a practice it now acknowledges doesn’t work. It’s still happening, however, and companies in the Springs are feeling the pain. Known as “insourcing,” the policy ended eight years of a […]
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After acknowledging insourcing wasn’t working, Defense Secretary Robert Gates this week came up with roughly 20 initiatives to cut $100 billion from the Pentagon’s budget. The moves are aimed at reining in the ballooning cost of weapons systems, as well as the cost of replacing military ships and planes. The Pentagon will set goals for […]
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President Obama today nominated Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, to head U.S. Strategic Command. Strategic Command, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons, missile defenses and space warfare mission.   The four-star general has commanded the Air Force Space Command since 2007, […]
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The space wars are heating up. Boeing has found itself competing for the first time to keep its U.S. missile defense work, with Lockheed Martin also vying for a shot at the $10 billion government contract. The Missile Defense Agency, which has a sizeable presence at Schriever Air Force Base, will soon take bids on […]
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A look at what makes the ‘Rocket City’ one of the healthiest job markets in the nation and what we can do to try to catch up.

Related stories: A deeper look at Huntsville
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If you’ve looked at our cover this week, you’ll have noticed I spent a little bit of time in Huntsville this month. While there, I was able to tour NASA, see the place where we tested the first rockets to go into space, and visit some of the fastest-growing companies in the country. I also […]
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Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base — deep inside Cheyenne Mountain — has a newly permanent tenant. U.S. Strategic Command has decided to keep its missile warning center at Cheyenne Mountain. The command has long had a presence inside Cheyenne Mountain, but its commander finally made the decision to keep it there on a permanent basis […]
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The period of robust growth for the aerospace industry could be coming to an end, but analysts say it can still capitalize on limited growth opportunities by streamlining its operations. The biggest problem facing the industry is that government and airlines are cutting spending in response to poor global economic conditions. Alix Partners, a global […]
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Colorado’s congressional delegation, including lawmakers from the Springs, is fighting to save about 1,000 aerospace jobs that are related to the Orion crew-capsule program. The jobs are threatened, they said in a letter to President Obama, because of NASA’s effort to shift termination costs from the Constellation spaceflight program to private government contractors. The federal […]
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The space shuttle Atlantis carried three University of Colorado payloads to the International Space Station on its final flight. The biomedical payload devices, including one to help scientists understand how and why micro-organisms flourish in the low-gravity conditions of space, were developed at UC-Boulder. The experiments on biofilms, which are clusters of microorganisms that adhere […]
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