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Survey: Voters want end to sequestration

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Four out of five likely voters in critical background states want leaders to find an alternative to sequestration budget cuts before the November election. That’s the word from a Harris Interactive poll performed for the Aerospace Industries Association. “We’ve always known sequestration is bad policy,” said AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey. “This survey shows… Continue Reading Survey: Voters want end to sequestration

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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.… Continue Reading Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade gets new commander

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  U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is trying to round up funding for cyber-defense training programs at the U.S. Air Force Academy.   Udall said Monday computer hackers threaten the United States and could cripple the electrical grid, water supplies and computers used by the military.   Earlier this year, Udall got an amendment to the… Continue Reading Udall seeks to fund Colo. cyber defense program

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The Space Foundation needs docents, greeters and operational support volunteers to work in its new Visitors’ Center, which will open this fall. Volunteers can work as little as two four-hour shifts a month, or as often as four full days a week, conducting tours and providing information in the Visitors’ Center’s two main areas: the… Continue Reading Space Foundation seeking a few good volunteers

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Colorado Springs should prepare for a round of base realignment and closure by 2015, said Brian Binn, president of military affairs for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. The Department of Defense suggested two rounds of BRAC, one to start next year. But that isn’t likely. However, Binn said a round suggested for 2015… Continue Reading Chamber report: Springs’ military adds $5.93 billion to economy

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  In the late hours of Aug. 5, the next Mars rover, Curiosity, will begin its seven-minute descent from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the planet’s red, dusty surface.   Once landed — assuming the heat shield separates, the parachute deploys and the thrusters fire — the six-wheeled, SUV-sized, long-armed rolling robot will… Continue Reading Boulder scientist oversees Mars rover instrument

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  More than 1,000 soldiers from Fort Carson are being trained to fight wildfires amid a deadly and destructive fire season in the West.   A team from the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildfire-fighting efforts nationwide, is conducting the training at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.   Fort Carson said Monday that… Continue Reading Fort Carson soldiers train to fight wildfires

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Both Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base have sent military personnel to the Air Force Academy to help fight the Waldo Canyon fire.   Carson sent engineer units to Highway 24 and has now shifted its focus to building firebreaks around areas of the Air Force Academy.   Army help includes 21 soldiers operating… Continue Reading Carson, Peterson assist in fighting Waldo Canyon fire

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Jobs, salaries, construction and supplies at the United States Air Force Academy bring nearly $1 billion to the local economy, according to the latest study from the Academy. That’s up from $880 million in 2010, said Lt. Col. Burke Beaumont, director of financial management and comptroller for the academy. Some of that increase is due… Continue Reading AFA brings nearly $1 billion to local economy

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is loaning a full-scale model of the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe to the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation. The actual probe was part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, and was carried to the Saturn system by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and plunged through the atmosphere of the moon Titan on… Continue Reading JPL loans Space Foundation a model of Huygens probe

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