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Academies don’t expect much change from DADT end

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They were young children — mere kids 18 years ago when the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays serving openly in the military took effect. But over two decades, attitudes shifted, America changed and these youngsters grew up, winning coveted spots to study in the top military academies. Now they are giving a collective… Continue Reading Academies don’t expect much change from DADT end

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An estimated 9,500 visitors will visit the Pikes Peak region for the Air Force Academy’s annual Parents’ Weekend, starting Thursday. The visitors are expected to bring an additional $7.5 million in direct revenue to Colorado Springs businesses and an additional $556,776 in sales tax revenue. Academy officials say the numbers are a fraction of the… Continue Reading Parents’ weekend to bring $7.5M to Springs economy

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The Space Foundation signed an agreement with Colorado State University at Pueblo to provide distance education, internship, pre-service and in-service instruction, as well as collaborative research and service opportunities. The two organizations signed the agreement today, and plan to explore new ways to enhance teaching at the Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade levels, to improve the… Continue Reading Space Foundation, CSU-Pueblo to collaborate on teacher education

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A Cold War-era bunker deep inside a Colorado mountain has lost its most famous tenant, the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s command center, but it’s still home to some key national defense units. One of the units remaining inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, the Missile Warning Center, just got a $2.9 million renovation. The… Continue Reading Military’s Colo. mountain bunker gets a facelift

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For the dozen lawmakers tasked with producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened “doomsday” defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co. and Boeing Co. — build missiles, aircraft, jet fighters and tanks while employing tens of… Continue Reading ‘Doomsday’ defense cuts loom large for select 12

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Uncertainty in Washington about the 2012 defense budget — and billions in cuts expected in the next decade — has major defense contractors worried about shrinking contracts and cutting jobs. But smaller businesses in Colorado Springs are cautiously optimistic that smaller contracts might even the playing field. “Smaller companies are more nimble,” said Buddy Gilmore,… Continue Reading Defense budget cuts a bittersweet prospect in Springs

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ISS allowed to compete for Navy contracts

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A Colorado Springs company has been awarded a prime contract status for the U.S. navy’s SeaPort Enhanced contract program. Intelligent Software Solutions, a company that supplies software programs to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, has been granted access to the contracting program. While not an actual contract, the new status… Continue Reading ISS allowed to compete for Navy contracts

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The 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base is getting a new commander. Col. James P. Ross will assume command of the wing from Col. Wayne Monteith in a ceremony on Friday. The 50th Space Wing is responsible for operating and supporting more than 170 Defense Department satellites. Ross was previously vice commander of… Continue Reading Schriever air base space wing gets new commander

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The former Space Foundation at 310 S. 14th St. on the west side of Colorado Springs, has a new owner. Continue Reading Rocky Mountain Health Care buys former Space Foundation building

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Army general tapped to lead NORAD, Northcom

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The Army general who was tasked to investigate whether Afghan detainees were mistreated was nominated Tuesday to become the new head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command. The Pentagon announced Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.’s selection, which must be confirmed by the Senate. He was also nominated for… Continue Reading Army general tapped to lead NORAD, Northcom

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