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The Department of Defense’s civilian workforce – including 3,000 at Fort Carson alone – have a two-week respite from furloughs, according to the latest news from the Department of Defense. Furloughs were set to take place starting next week, as part of the billion-cut to the Defense Department from budget sequestration. Sequestration seeks to cut […]
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Commercial rocket companies will be able to compete for future launch services for the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force has published a guide that will assist commercial companies in competing for the contracts. The document lays out the approach the Air Force will use to certify commercial launch companies for the Department of Defense […]
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By Eliot Pulham If Hunter S. Thompson were still alive (bless his cannon-scattered ashes), he’d surely describe the atmosphere in our nation’s capitol as Fear and Loathing in Washington, D.C. In all my years of travel there, never — not even after the September 11 attacks — have I seen such dread in the halls […]
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A defense bill signed by President Barack Obama includes more than $400 million for Colorado construction projects. Fort Carson is the biggest beneficiary, with nearly $286 million, including facilities for a new helicopter brigade. Obama signed the bill Saturday, despite expressing serious reservations about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. […]
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  Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team is getting a new commander.   Col. Omar Jones will formally take over the brigade at a ceremony Tuesday at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.   Jones was most recently at the National War College in Washington, where he received a master’s degree in national security strategy. […]
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As the U.S. Army prepares to cut 80,000 military members — a 14 percent reduction in active-duty personnel — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to Fort Carson last week and assured soldiers that the cuts are an opportunity for a more nimble fighting force. Fort Carson will lose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part […]
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Northrop Grumman Corp. is donating $375,000 to create a science center and teaching lab at the Space Foundation's Colorado Springs headquarters.
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  Budget cuts have taken their toll on the Air Force Academy and its overall economic impact to the community. Last year at this time, the Academy trumpeted its largest economic impact – $999 million, very close to $1 billion. This year, the AFA reports an economic impact of $898.8 million, still an impressive number. […]
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ITT Exelis has been chosen as a prime contractor for the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command – a contract worth $854 million during five years. The selection gives the company, which has its mission systems function in Colorado Springs, the opportunity to submit proposals on requests for future logistic requirements for the Marine Corps. The […]
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The Air Force Academy cyber competition team placed second of about 80 U.S. and Canadian teams in the Hack.lu Capture the Flag competition held earlier this week.   Carnegie Mellon’s graduate team took first place. Worldwide, in all categories, the academy’s team placed 17th out of 575 teams.   The contest ran for 48 consecutive […]
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The global space economy grew to $289.7 billion in 2011, according to the annual report from the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation. The year was “remarkably robust,” the report said, with a single-year expansion of 12.2 percent and five-year growth plan of 41 percent in a suppressed global economy. The Space Foundation annually publishes its Space […]
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  Fort Carson is getting a new garrison commander, who’s responsible for the post’s infrastructure.   Col. Robert F. McLaughlin will transfer command to Col. David L. Grosso in a ceremony Thursday.   McLaughlin has been garrison commander since June 2009. He is deploying to Afghanistan, where he will serve as chief of staff for […]
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