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Air Force breaking ground on solar installation

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The U.S. Air Force Academy will break ground Monday on a 6-megawatt solar installation. The switch to solar is expected to save the Academy $500,000 a year in electricity costs. The $18.3 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is another step in the Air Force NetZero initiative to generate all electricity needs… Continue Reading Air Force breaking ground on solar installation

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A new Air Force manual for cyberwarfare describes a shadowy, fast-changing world where anonymous enemies can carry out devastating attacks in seconds and where conventional ideas about time and space don’t apply. Much of the manual is a collection of definitions, acronyms and explanations of who reports to whom. But it occasionally veers into scenarios… Continue Reading Air Force manual describes shadowy cyberwar world

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The Air Force says its cyberwarfare unit is now fully operational. Gen. C. Robert Kehler, head of the Air Force Space Command, made the announcement Friday. The cyberwarfare unit is known as the 24th Air Force and is based at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. It is part of the Air Force Space Command, based… Continue Reading Air Force declares cyberwarfare unit operational

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$25 million ISS contract to create jobs

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Intelligent Software Solutions a $25 million contract for software development. The new contract will create between 50 and 75 new jobs in Colorado Springs, as well as new positions in other cities where ISS operates. The yearlong contract is in addition to the existing $500 million program… Continue Reading $25 million ISS contract to create jobs

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ITT wins $17 million Air Force contract

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ITT Corp. has received a $17.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force’s European Command for communications support. The contract is for six years. Much of the work will be performed by ITT Systems in Colorado Springs. Under the award, ITT will provide program management, communications equipment maintenance, logistics support, computers and cellular instrument support… Continue Reading ITT wins $17 million Air Force contract

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Cyberspace: 21st century warfare

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It took a while for the United States to realize it needed to be involved in a different kind of war – a war that focuses on bits and bytes instead of boots and bombs. Cyber warfare is the next big push for the nation’s war fighters, and the country is behind in developing ways… Continue Reading Cyberspace: 21st century warfare

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The Air Force Space Command says five Air Force bases in the Pacific will be the first to get access to social-networking Internet sites under new Defense Department rules. Space Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., said Tuesday the five bases are Anderson in Guam, Eielson and Elmendorf in Alaska, Hickam in Hawaii… Continue Reading Air Force opens networks to social media sites

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ISS develops technology for White House

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A national company with Colorado Springs ties will have a presence in the White House  Situation Room. Intelligent Software Solutions developed and an application that will allow critical infrastructure monitoring at the White House, in a project sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The company developed… Continue Reading ISS develops technology for White House

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Academy in on black silicon production

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Academy seeking more effective way to change silicon Researchers at the Air Force Academy are working to create a more efficient, cost-effective way of making black silicon — a material that is used to absorb light in solar photovoltaic cells, cameras and night vision goggles. Black silicon is not typically found in nature; it is… Continue Reading Academy in on black silicon production

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Air Force regains ability to award tanker contract

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday restored the Air Force’s authority to select the winner of a $35 billion contract for aerial refueling tankers between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Last summer, Gates stripped the service’s ability to award a contract in the wake of a Government Accountability Office report that found… Continue Reading Air Force regains ability to award tanker contract

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