Colorado lawmakers set sights on future Space Command headquarters

Colorado Springs would be an ideal location for future Space Command headquarters, say lawmakers in the Centennial State.

Last week the Department of the Air Force announced the six candidate locations being considered for the headquarters of the U.S. Space Command.

The six locations include Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, Port San Antonio, Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama, the Department of the Air Force said in a statement.

Peterson Air Force Base is currently the Command’s provisional headquarters. The long-term Space Command headquarters will be selected in early 2021.

SPACE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS WILL BE IN ONE OF THESE SIX STATES, AIR FORCE ANNOUNCES

Virtual and on-site visits will now be conducted at the six candidate locations before the headquarters site is chosen, according to the Department of

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After Trump meeting, lawmakers say they’re not aware of details that would ‘change the outcome of the election in Michigan’

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President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.


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President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

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Michigan election staff recommends state to OK Biden victory — 9:08 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Michigan’s elections agency on Friday recommended that the Nov. 3 results be certified next week by state canvassers, a decision that would bless Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump but likely not cool partisan strife over the vote.

The recommendation was posted online with the formal Monday meeting notice of the Board of State Canvassers. The guidance came at the end of a stormy week in which Trump summoned Republican state lawmakers to the White House on Friday in an extraordinary

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Lawmakers want US Army to quicken purchase of Arctic-capable vehicles

WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators want the Army to move more quickly to buy vehicles capable of operating in the Arctic, according to its version of the fiscal 2021 defense spending bill released Nov. 10.

“The committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to pursue equipment and vehicles necessary for Arctic and cold weather environments,” bill language stated.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel is adding $8.25 million above the president’s FY21 defense budget request for a family of cold weather vehicles in order to speed up procurement.

Focus on the Arctic has increased in recent years as sea ice is receding at 13 percent per decade, opening up economic opportunities but also competition as Russia continues to project power into the Arctic region and China looks to capitalize on investment in minerals, natural gas, ocean fisheries and trade there.

The Defense Subcommittee also wants the Army, no later than 60

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Lawmakers Argue U.S. Must Divest Legacy Systems to Keep Up With China’s Technology Growth

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from the pier during a port visit in Duqm, Oman on Sept. 10, 2020. US Navy Photo

The co-chairs of the bipartisan congressional Future of Defense Task Force said America will lose the advanced technology race — from artificial intelligence to biotechnology — with China unless the Pentagon “makes room for new investment” by discarding legacy systems.

Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said their report to the House Armed Services Committee should “serve as a wake-up call” to the Pentagon and can be a guide “to take advantage of emerging technology” in future conflict. The lawmakers unveiled the final version of their Future of Defense Task Force report last month.

They also see the report as important to the private sector and to the United States’ allies and partners as it is to the Defense Department and the rest of the federal government. Technologies such

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The Technology 202: The social media hearing was a missed opportunity for lawmakers

Lawmakers essentially treated the hearing like a virtual campaign rally.

Senators barely touched on Section 230, despite the fact that the hearing was purportedly called to discuss updates to the decades-old Internet law that shields tech companies from liability. 

The nearly four-hour event was chaotic and disjointed from the outset, as lawmakers frequently jumped from hot-button issue to issue from the Twitter’s’ handling of dictators’ accounts to Google and Facebook’s effect on local news. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) followed through on his promise of holding a fiery showdown with Dorsey over the rare steps the company took to limit the spread of New York Post articles about alleged emails belonging to Hunter Biden, which the Washington Post has not independently verified. He raised his voice and aggressively questioned the Twitter CEO, pressing Dorsey on whether he was tipping the scales in favor of Democrats. But Cruz was ultimately unable

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VCs say big tech often helps startups, challenging House lawmakers

  • When House lawmakers released a 449-report earlier this month calling for new antitrust legislation against big tech companies, it lambasted Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook for contributing to an innovation “kill zone” that it said hurts startups. 
  • But a growing number of VCs and industry leaders are challenging such claims, calling them misleading.
  • VCs say that practices like acquisitions, which the report wants to make more difficult for large tech companies to do, actually benefits startups. 
  • They also point to data showing that the rise in venture capital funding in recent years has accompanied the rise of big tech.
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Buried in the sprawling, 449-page Congressional report spearheaded by House Democrats about regulating big tech is a recommendation that is making the venture capital world very nervous. 

To make it harder for big tech companies to snuff out young, upstart competitors by buying them,

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