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New defense funding sets Piñon Canyon limits

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The National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law in late December by President Barack Obama, includes language that would ensure the protection of land surrounding Fort Carson’s primary remote test site. An amendment to the act that was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, now requires… Continue Reading New defense funding sets Piñon Canyon limits

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Modern military needs new strategy

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Modern military needs new strategy

“The Vietnam War broke the Army,” wrote Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland in a recent issue of Army Magazine, “and there was growing concern that the American military would be quickly overwhelmed by the numerically superior forces of the Soviet Union in the event of a major conventional war.” This concern, Cleveland continued, led commanders to… Continue Reading Modern military needs new strategy

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Military recalls many, not all

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Military recalls many, not all

The partial shutdown of government functions became temporary Monday, when thousands of federal employees were invited back to work in Colorado Springs and across the nation. Local military bases and the Mountain Post were similarly affected, according to sources who work there. Although no one has yet calculated the economic loss to the city of… Continue Reading Military recalls many, not all

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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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The Army will approach restructuring its combat brigades carefully, in order to maintain readiness and flexibility, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his visit Friday to Fort Carson. “We had to restructure, by law,” he said. “The Army decided to deactivate 12 brigrades. That decision affects this base. But in the long run, this base’s… Continue Reading Hagel: Carson will see ‘manpower increase’

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Fort Carson stands to gain 1,800 after Army restructuring

The Army’s restructuring plan has been kind to Fort Carson. While other military posts around the world will see losses of thousands of soldiers as the Army moves to a smaller fighting force, the Mountain Post now is scheduled to grow by 1,800 during the next six years. “Including other restructuring changes, the Army anticipates… Continue Reading Fort Carson stands to gain 1,800 after Army restructuring

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Fort Carson will lose a total of 750 soldiers under an Army restructuring process that was announced today. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team will be deactivated under the plan, which includes 3,750 soldiers. But 3,000 of those soldiers will be absorbed into the remaining brigades, says Andy Merritt, chief defense industry officer at the Colorado… Continue Reading Fort Carson to lose total of 750 soldiers under restructuring plan

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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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Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

With sequestration taking effect in a matter of days, Fort Carson is preparing to instigate necessary cuts issued by the Department of Defense. The DOD told Congress that civilian workers could face a furlough of up to 22 days beginning in late April. The move affects 3,000 civilian workers at the Army post, but is… Continue Reading Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

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  Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team is getting a new commander.   Col. Omar Jones will formally take over the brigade at a ceremony Tuesday at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.   Jones was most recently at the National War College in Washington, where he received a master’s degree in national security strategy.… Continue Reading Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade gets new commander

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