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The Justice Department is battling to save a federal law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero, appealing two court rulings that the statute is an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech. The fight could be carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it would face an uncertain fate,… Continue Reading Law punishing fake heroes may go to Supreme Court

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Nearly a year after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon is taking new steps to beef up security and surveillance programs at its bases, and will join an FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at identifying future terror threats, U.S. officials said. The new partnership with the FBI’s eGuardian program comes two years after… Continue Reading New program will boost security at military bases

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UCCS named a ‘military friendly’ school

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G.I. Jobs magazine has added the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. That’s a designation given to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools working to embrace veterans as students. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list includes efforts to recruit and retain… Continue Reading UCCS named a ‘military friendly’ school

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Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher is asking the federal government for a waiver of the requirement to mail ballots to military service members overseas 45 days before the November election, a move that means some ballots might not be counted. Spokesman Rich Coolidge said the ballots will still be mailed, but some soldiers in… Continue Reading Colorado wants waiver for mailing military ballots

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Making a bang in combat training

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By Monica Mendoza Six years ago an Army colonel asked Colorado Springs paintball manufacturer Tony Colon if he could design a mock training bomb that would blow up without hurting soldiers. Soldiers were encountering improvised explosive devices in the war but had no way to train “before the boom and after the boom” without using… Continue Reading Making a bang in combat training

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Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base — deep inside Cheyenne Mountain — has a newly permanent tenant. U.S. Strategic Command has decided to keep its missile warning center at Cheyenne Mountain. The command has long had a presence inside Cheyenne Mountain, but its commander finally made the decision to keep it there on a permanent basis… Continue Reading U.S. Strategic Command re-ups at Cheyenne Mtn.

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Gates agrees to repeal gay ban

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday gave lukewarm support to a new White House-backed plan for a vote in Congress to immediately repeal the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Even though the plan would let Gates decide when to implement repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, he has… Continue Reading Gates agrees to repeal gay ban

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Military contracts flow to local companies

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Military contracts for large and small projects have been awarded to local companies during the past two weeks. Most of them were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Doss Aviation secured a $9.09 million contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas for… Continue Reading Military contracts flow to local companies

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Lockheed wins $15 million Navy contract

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Lockheed Martin has been selected for a U.S. Navy common computing contract worth $15 million. The Navy program consolidates dozens of ship information systems networks, and reduces the infrastructure size and associated costs, while increasing reliability and other capabilities to meet warfighter requirements. The new system would be deployed across the Navy’s 300-plus ships and shore-based sites. For the… Continue Reading Lockheed wins $15 million Navy contract

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Up to 10,000 U.S. troops will be off Haiti’s shores by Monday to help distribute aid and prevent potential rioting among desperate earthquake survivors, the top U.S. military officer said Friday, as President Obama pledged long-term reconstruction help to President Rene Preval. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said the… Continue Reading Government, military respond to Haitian crisis

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