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Cuts still uncertain for Defense, contractors

Sequestration was predicted to be an economic disaster — affecting nearly every aspect of government across the nation, costing tens of thousands of jobs and bringing some government services to a halt. In the first two months, that hasn’t been the case — at least in Colorado Springs, and at least for the defense sector… Continue Reading Cuts still uncertain for Defense, contractors

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A Colorado Springs company received an $18 million contract from the U.S. Army. Aleut Facilities Support Services signed a five-year contract to provide facilities operation support services to the U.S. Army Installation, Mission and Installation Contracting Command for Fort Belvoir, Va. If all contract options are exercised, the contract will be worth $94 million. The… Continue Reading Springs company wins $18 million military contract

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What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

After months of news about decreasing Defense Department budgets, there’s a bright spot on the horizon for Colorado Springs. In 2014, the Pentagon plans to spend 27 percent of its Army construction budget at Fort Carson, bringing jobs and opportunities to the region, and signaling the increasing importance of the Mountain Post to overall defense… Continue Reading What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

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UAV market should take off by 2015

When most people think about unmanned aerial vehicles, they think of a Predator drone, sneaking up on some unsuspecting terrorist in a dusty faraway country. But there are other kinds of UAVs, and they are quickly finding their way into domestic airspace — doing tasks such as mapping, crop-dusting, providing surveillance for law enforcement and… Continue Reading UAV market should take off by 2015

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Defense companies have backup battle plan

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While the military is struggling with sequestration constraints, defense companies are confident they’ll survive the current and future budget cuts. The key, those companies say, is to be agile and offer a broad array of services and to provide innovation at low cost. “This is a budget cycle. It’s just another budget cycle for us.… Continue Reading Defense companies have backup battle plan

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Thousands of years ago, the Greeks created rules for sailing the high seas. Those rules have become what is known today as maritime law — regulations that govern travel through international waters. And some experts say it’s time for that same level of international cooperation for cyber security rules. What happens if an attack occurs,… Continue Reading Cyber-crime technology advancing faster than laws

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Cyber attack sophistication, pace growing

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Within 24 hours before the start of the Space Symposium’s cyber conference, the computer-hacking organization called Anonymous had penetrated an unknown number of computers in Israel. Israel retaliated with a “hack back,” tracking Anonymous to its own website and placing the Israeli national anthem on the site. At the same time, banks in the United… Continue Reading Cyber attack sophistication, pace growing

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The space industry’s largest global event takes place next week in Colorado Springs — without NASA, the U.S. space agency. Thanks to budget cuts by the federal government, no one from NASA will be exhibiting, presenting or attending the 29th annual Space Symposium. “This has been our most challenging year,” said Space Foundation spokeswoman Janet… Continue Reading Travel ban sidelines NASA, but Symposium still attracts 9,000

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Harris opens new office in Springs

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In a few years, Harris Corp. has grown its Colorado Springs location from three employees to 83 and has plans to continue to grow in spite of the uncertain federal budget environment. The company started its government services division in the Springs in 2006. Division head Chris Forseth said the company outgrew both its first… Continue Reading Harris opens new office in Springs

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DoD cuts furloughs to 14 days

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DoD cuts furloughs to 14 days

The good news: Department of Defense civilian employees will have fewer days off than first thought under sequestration. More good news: Those furloughs will be delayed until mid-to-late June, instead of early in May The bad news: They’ll still face 14 unpaid days of leave during the rest of the budget year, which ends Sept.… Continue Reading DoD cuts furloughs to 14 days

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