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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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Rumsfeld, “The Sarge” visit Fort Carson

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Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and drag racer Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher are both visiting Fort Carson. Schumacher is a seven-time National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel champion whose dragster is sponsored by the Army. He’ll sign autographs and pose for photographs with his show car at the post exchange on Thursday morning. Rumsfeld is… Continue Reading Rumsfeld, “The Sarge” visit Fort Carson

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It’s official. The sign went up yesterday, and the Space Foundation employees are busy unpacking in their first new building in more than a decade. The new headquarters is at 4425 Arrowswest Dr. in the Garden of the Gods high-tech corridor in Colorado Springs. It boasts 45,715 square feet of office space and is part… Continue Reading Space Foundation settled into new headquarters

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ITT splits into three companies

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ITT Corporation, which has a division headquartered in the Springs, has re-organized branches of its companies. The company is spinning off its water technology and creating a defense company. ITT’s core business will continue under the ITT Corporation name. It will also retain ITT Mission Systems, the group headquartered in the Springs, which performs satellite… Continue Reading ITT splits into three companies

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Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the second of 12 Global Position System satellites that it is building for the U.S. Air Force. The GPS satellites are monitored from Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The satellite launched Saturday on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.… Continue Reading Boeing launches next gen satellite for Schriever

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