Colo. Likely To Be Spared From Worst Defense Cuts

By: AP
By: AP
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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado will probably be spared from the worst Defense Department budget cuts in the post-Iraq, post Afghanistan era because of the bustling military space operations in Colorado Springs and the Denver area.

The outlook for Fort Carson is less clear. The Pentagon plans to shrink the Army by about 80,000 soldiers, down to a total of 490,000. The Army hasn't identified most of the locations that will lose soldiers.

The Pentagon announced last month it will slow the growth of defense spending, shrink the Army and Marines and shift its focus to cyberspace, Asia and the Mideast.

Details that have been made public suggest that three major commands in Colorado will survive, along with squadrons of fighter jets and cargo planes. Some Colorado units will probably take on additional roles.

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