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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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The U.S. Postal Service says that mail for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas. Holiday mail going to other military overseas APO/FPO locations should be sent by Dec. 11.   Except for military mail going to Iraq and Afghanistan (APO/FPO AE ZIP 093), Express Mail also… Continue Reading Postal Service sets military holiday mail deadlines

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Because of a large military population that spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually, Colorado Springs has enjoyed relative economic stability despite the recession. The Army is the state’s second largest employer, with a current active-duty population of more than 20,000 soldiers. And the largest single beneficiary continues to be El Paso County – home… Continue Reading Carson’s growth helps buffer local economy

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Boeing Co. wants the Air Force to immediately explain why it awarded a $35 billion contract to rival European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. and its partner, Northrop Grumman Corp. The contract was for supplying air-to-air refueling tankers to the Air Force, which Boeing has been doing for nearly… Continue Reading Air Force thwarts Boeing, awards contract to European company

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Australian football coming to Springs

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The United States Australian Football League national championships are scheduled to take place at the Air Force Academy in October. About 1,000 athletes representing 32 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams, as well as coaches and officials, are expected to be in attendance. “Following months of extensive research and close negotiations, the USAFL Board and… Continue Reading Australian football coming to Springs

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