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El Paso County’s economy relies heavily on the military for its job creation, housing growth and increases in personal income. That could mean trouble in the coming year if a 12-member “super committee” decides to cut billions from the federal budget, including defense spending over the next 10 years. “That ‘gang’ of 12 could have… Continue Reading SoCo Economic Forum Preview: County relies too heavily on military

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A Cold War-era bunker deep inside a Colorado mountain has lost its most famous tenant, the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s command center, but it’s still home to some key national defense units. One of the units remaining inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, the Missile Warning Center, just got a $2.9 million renovation. The… Continue Reading Military’s Colo. mountain bunker gets a facelift

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Sassower’s military critique baseless

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I am in general agreement with Raphael Sassower’s recent opinion piece on “looking outside the military for a brand,” but his gratuitous comments about retired military people demand a response. He said (without any substantiation) that retired military people in our community “don’t like taxes because their kids are no longer of school age.” A… Continue Reading Sassower’s military critique baseless

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Let’s look outside the military for brand

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We all have strengths and weaknesses, and we all try to capitalize on our strengths. Colorado Springs has plenty of strengths, but I’m not sure we’re capitalizing on the right ones. City officials and economic development gurus in our town have for years clamored to attract and promote military installations and their subcontractors after realizing… Continue Reading Let’s look outside the military for brand

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Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines

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President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries. The orders detail when the military must seek presidential approval for a specific cyber assault on an enemy… Continue Reading Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines

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The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has unveiled a defense bill for the next budget year that includes a slight increase in health care fees for working-age military retirees. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon released the bill on Monday. The full committee will consider the legislation on Wednesday and could make changes. The bill… Continue Reading Defense bill ups health care fees, vets to oppose

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Apartment hunters in Colorado Springs have had it pretty easy the last 10 years — low rates, big incentives and lots to choose from. Not anymore. The Colorado Division of Housing released quarterly apartment vacancy statistics last week, which confirmed what people in the industry already knew — vacancies are at an all-time low. Colorado… Continue Reading Military, foreclosures shaping apartment rental market

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Plan would give vets help starting businesses

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A new proposal from a veterans’ advocacy group aims to combat unemployment, stimulate the economy and help veterans start their own small business, but navigating it through the turbulent waters of Congress may prove tricky. The idea comes from the Patriot Enterprise Project, a nonprofit based at Fort Meade in Maryland that develops and promotes… Continue Reading Plan would give vets help starting businesses

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Military parents with young children report that the need for early care and education services, including child care, parenting classes and high-quality pre-kindergarten, tops their list of day-to-day needs, according to a new study by Pre-K Now, a campaign of the nonprofit Pew Center on the States. The study, entitled “On the Home Front: Early… Continue Reading Childcare, parenting classes and education top military family desires

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Construction begins for Colo. veterans park

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A new veterans’ park under construction in Fort Collins honors servicemen from northern Colorado. The Northern Colorado Veterans Plaza breaks ground Monday. Officials say the park will be complete in late July. It is scheduled to include an amphitheater with seating for 500 and a garden with interactive walls commemorating veterans from the area. Trees… Continue Reading Construction begins for Colo. veterans park

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