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The Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center at Schriever Air Force Base isn’t going anywhere. That’s the word received by Sen. Mark Udall’s office after Udall, Rep. Doug Lamborn and Rep. John Salazar sent letters to the Department of Defense to keep the post in Colorado. Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly had indicated he would like… Continue Reading Missile Defense Integration Center staying at Schriever

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Colorado will get at least a share of the business from the Mars probe. Continue Reading CU Boulder scientists to help in Mars probe launch

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National Symposium on Homeland Security agenda

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The Colorado Springs Business Journal will be covering the National Symposium on Homeland Security Oct. 27-29 at The Broadmoor. Amy Gillentine will live-blog and twitter reports over the course three-day event, which includes a keynote speech by Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security for the U.S. government. The schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 27 1 p.m. –… Continue Reading National Symposium on Homeland Security agenda

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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… Continue Reading NASA gets boost as Senate passes authorization bill

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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… Continue Reading DoD seeks to cut costs without affecting contractors

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‘Insourcing’ still threatens defense firms

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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… Continue Reading ‘Insourcing’ still threatens defense firms

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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… Continue Reading Gates’ budget-cutting ideas include using top contractors

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Kehler nominated to head U.S. Strategic Command

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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,… Continue Reading Kehler nominated to head U.S. Strategic Command

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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… Continue Reading Lockheed Martin making a run at Boeing’s missile contract

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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.

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