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AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

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AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost sees the world as a giant math word problem. The new dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Armacost focuses on operations research, using math to solve organizational problems. “Effectively, it’s trying to solve the world’s largest word problem,” he says. It’s an approach he put to good use as… Continue Reading AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

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Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

As the U.S. Army prepares to cut 80,000 military members — a 14 percent reduction in active-duty personnel — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to Fort Carson last week and assured soldiers that the cuts are an opportunity for a more nimble fighting force. Fort Carson will lose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part… Continue Reading Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

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Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

Colorado Springs business leaders and retired generals have been waging a public-relations campaign, suggesting the military might cut back assets here if City Council doesn’t ban retail sales of marijuana, now permitted under Amendment 64. That’s news to the Pentagon. “I wouldn’t think so,” said Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson. “Military personnel… Continue Reading Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

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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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Schools face certain cuts from sequestration

While the defense industry seems to be weathering the sequestration storm, for the city’s educators, the cuts are dramatic and serious. Local Head Start programs were cut by $550,000, which means 142 preschool children won’t have seats next fall. There’s no summer program this year, and low-income parents counting on Head Start will have to… Continue Reading Schools face certain cuts from sequestration

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Excitement building over Prince Harry visit to Warrior Games

Last year, it was the First Lady; this year it’s a prince who will attend the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. The United States Olympic Committee confirmed Monday that Britain’s Prince Harry will attend the fourth-annual Warrior Games in the Springs. “We are excited that Prince Harry will be attending the fourth annual Warrior Games… Continue Reading Excitement building over Prince Harry visit to Warrior Games

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Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.… Continue Reading Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

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Army movement could help or harm El Paso County

Under one scenario the Pentagon is considering, Fort Carson would lose 8,000 soldiers — and El Paso County will lose an additional 8,000 jobs. Under another scenario, the Mountain Post could see a net increase of 3,000 troops, and the county could see an equal rise in jobs. The Army has committed to a “reduction… Continue Reading Army movement could help or harm El Paso County

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Colorado veterans are seeking and qualifying for U.S. Small Business Administration loans. In fiscal year 2012, ending Sept. 30, the Colorado District Office reported 68 loans to veterans for $26.4 million and 47 loans to disabled veterans for $23.8 million. In fiscal year 2011, there were 72 loans to veterans valued at $29 million and… Continue Reading Colorado veterans recieving millions in small business loans

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U.S. Bank named military friendly by G.I. Jobs

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This Veterans Day, U.S. Bank said it has hired 2,300 veterans nationwide, surpassing its military hiring goal for 2012. “U.S. Bank is firmly committed to employing and supporting veterans, active-duty service members and their families,” said Richard Davis, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp, parent company of U.S. Bank. “Veterans bring valuable leadership skills… Continue Reading U.S. Bank named military friendly by G.I. Jobs

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