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Biden probably sees Space Force, a favourite of Trump



US Space Force Officially Goes to Space for the First Time

Donald Trump trumped the Space Force as a development for the ages during the last moments of his presidency. And while President Joe Biden has easily reverse other Trump programmes, the space transport operation continues to thrive even though it is lower on the list of defence priorities under the current administration.

Quite certainly, Space Powers would not be abolished because removal will entail a Legislative act, in which a two-party majority argues that the increased dependence of America on space is a worrisome weakness that a military branch focusing specifically on this issue ideally tackles.

The new service is also related to a growing US warmth for China, which in the minds of others is becoming the singular challenge of national defence, emerging ability to endanger U.S. satellites in space. Russia, too, is accused of attempting to threaten US supremacy of space by Washington.

“They build space against us. “They build capacity. We need to be prepared to respond,” said the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, John Hyten, last week, with a nod to Russia and China, National Security Space Alliance, a lobbying organisation.

Hyten says he is frequently asked what will become of the Biden space force as a career space officer. He strongly claims that although he did not give a forecast Space Force ought to stay.

Biden did not elaborate publicly about his Space Force plans. His defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, was uncompromising when highlighting space’s strategic value. A invitation to comment on Biden’s view was not obtained from the White House.

While some see it as a project of Trump ego, the Room is not the farce of popular imagination. It is soberly regarded in the military as an affirmation of the need to coordinate in space more efficiently to defend U.S. interests — especially satellites used for civilian and military navigation, information and communication.

Although much smaller than any other military division, the Space Force acquires the traditional flag, badge, seal and philosophy of a service. It has released advertising for recruitment. Following a long argument, it was determined last month, while they have not had an official dress uniform, that space forces members be called guardians. At the end of this year, the force expects to increase its ranks from 2 400 participating members to 6 400.

Kaitlyn Johnson, a space-related specialist at the Centre, says two-part legislative assistance to the space force makes Biden impossible to press for its dissolution.

“The Space Force had only a year to set itself up and to work, I think this is a good thing,” she said. “The odds are close to zero,” adds her thought-tank counterpart Todd Harrison.

In December 2019, the Space Force was established as the first new military operation since the Air Force was formed in 1947 as an autonomous agency. Their chief, General John W. “Jay” Raymond, like the other Joint Chiefs at the table, acts as part of the Air Force Ministry, while the Space Force, like the Marine Corps, is a different agency that is managed by the Navy Ministry.

Space has moved past Space Force to concentrate more. In August 2019, the US was restored to a separate but related transfer Space Command; it is not a military service, it is a central space operations command. In 2005, the Space Command was disbanded and replaced by the United States. Strategic command, a bid to free domestic military capital after 11/11.

Trump has re-established the NSC, which oversees civil, trade and national spatial security policies. It was asleep after President Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Before Trump reached the White House, he continued to advocate for a military space service. But his stubborn support dulled the resistance within the Pentagon, where some leaders — especially the Air Force — felt a separate service was unjustified and duplicated. Gen Charles Q. Brown, who became the chief of staff of the Air Force following the birth of the space force, said it’s time to end the argument and focus more on the appropriate use of the space force.

Biden spoke nothing about the role of the military in space, but he took a token of his participation in space travel to the Oval Office — Apollo 17 brought home a moon rock about half a century ago.

Austin, the current Secretary of Defense, was not committed to sustaining the Space Fleet. Austin denounced, when asked by the Committee of Senate Armed Forces before his confirmed hearing, whether he felt it justified the formation of the new service. He dryly pointed out that after years of Congress research and other organisations the Space Force came into being. It was not enthusiastic.

Austin didn’t propose that he recommend it to be removed. He said he was going to research it, adding that space is a critical consideration.

“The space company DOD is still not fully integrated with other services and terrestrial commands and a number of other challenges will have to be addressed, as is expected in setting up a brand new military service,” Austin said.

Biden was called upon to draw on Trump’s decisions in space policy and the space army, by the non-partisan Safe Planet Foundation, which promotes peaceful and sustainable use of outer space.

“Key national space efforts are consistent… Having avoided an ongoing reset and the lack of strategic direction that has happened in the past during presidential transitions, helps move forward the USA and demonstrate stability to international partners,” the report stated last month.

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Colorado’s economic recovery to retain momentum through April, new forecast says



Colorado’s economic recovery to retain momentum through April, new forecast says

Colorado’s economy may need several more months to regain the jobs lost during the pandemic, but in terms of output or GDP, it bounced back to pre-pandemic levels as of September, according to ColoradoCast, a new short-term economic forecast.

“We are certainly in a growth mode in the Colorado economy. We don’t expect that to change,” said Phyllis Resnick, executive director of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University, which produces ColoradoCast.

The model, developed by Resnick and economist Steven Fisher, calls for Colorado’s economy to grow at a 6.45% annual rate in April. That’s down from an estimated 10% rate currently, but still robust by historical standards and enough to keep hiring strong.

ColoradoCast tries to fill in the gap left by annual forecasts, such as the Colorado Business Economic Outlook, which the University of Colorado Boulder released on Monday, by predicting monthly changes in state GDP six months out.

Unlike statistics on jobs and unemployment, state GDP numbers lag by several months. To bridge that gap, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia produces a Coincident Economic Activity Index for Colorado and other states that tries to predict where GDP growth is at.

ColoradoCast tries to predict where that coincident index is headed by studying six indicators: the yield curve, the risk premium carried in corporate bonds, job counts at temporary agencies and other employment service providers, home prices as measured by the Case-Shiller index for Denver, initial unemployment claims and changes in the Wilshire 5000 stock index.

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Aviation-themed brewery lands new location in a former air traffic control tower



Aviation-themed brewery lands new location in a former air traffic control tower

Aviation-themed beer-maker FlyteCo Brewing has landed an apt site for its second location: The historic air traffic control tower at the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver.

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Pac-12 coaching carousel: Oregon’s unsurprising vacancy, Kelly and Wilcox as candidates, Whittingham’s unknown end-game



Pac-12 coaching carousel: Oregon’s unsurprising vacancy, Kelly and Wilcox as candidates, Whittingham’s unknown end-game

Oregon has employed five football coaches in the past quarter century. Only one was hired from outside the program.

Willie Taggart didn’t work out so well for the Ducks.

Will they get it right this time around?

The national search that began yesterday, after Mario Cristobal’s departure to Miami, should follow one of two paths:

Either the Ducks will hire a coach with no ties to the university or the West Coast, which greatly increases the flight risk after a few years.

Or they will select a coach whose personal roots are close enough to Autzen Stadium to make stability and longevity the likely outcome.

But step back from those trees, and there is a forest to survey.

As Oregon resets its football program one week from the early-signing window for recruits, the Ducks’ chief rivals are positioned to pounce on the opportunity.

Oregon State has the ideal head coach in place, Jonathan Smith, and more momentum than has existed in Corvallis in years.

Washington has a new head coach, Kalen DeBoer, and early indications of stability and momentum.

Meanwhile, the snoozing giant of the West Coast is wide awake and corralling five-star recruits seemingly by the day. With Lincoln Riley in charge at USC, the pressure on Oregon to get this hire right has soared.

The Pac-12 also needs the Ducks to make a smart hire. It needs Oregon to compete at the highest level nationally, just as it needs USC and Washington to maximize their potential.

This is a momentous stretch for the conference, with its three top football brands changing coaches in the same offseason against the backdrop of enormous change across the sport:

— The likely expansion of the College Football Playoff.

— The drafting of a new NCAA constitution that will result in more autonomy for major college football programs.

— The implementation of name, image and likeness compensation opportunities for players, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on Alston vs. NCAA that changes the economic model.

And closer to home, the Pac-12 is approximately 12 months from renegotiating its media rights.

The collective value is tied to the strength of its best teams — the teams that generate TV ratings and churn out first-round draft picks and compete for playoff berths.

Because of their tradition, facilities, recruiting prowess and wealthy donor bases, USC, Oregon and Washington are best equipped to compile the rosters and hire the coaches required to compete for playoff berths and national championships.

They are the only Pac-12 programs to have either won a national title in the past 50 years or reached the College Football Playoff.

If all three are thriving, the conference thrives.

We believe the Trojans and Huskies got their hires right, however different Riley and DeBoer might be in reputation and profile.

Now, it’s Oregon’s turn. On so many levels, the Ducks cannot afford to miss.

*Note on the analysis below: Teams are listed from most likely to least likely to experience a vacancy (and alphabetically with ties).

OregonCoach: VacantComment: A national search is underway. Will the Ducks make a run at the biggest names available, like Iowa State’s Matt Campbell or Baylor’s Dave Aranda? Or will they focus on coaches with ties to the school or roots on the West Coast, like Auburn’s Bryan Harsin, Cal’s Justin Wilcox or even UCLA’s Chip Kelly? The Hotline pegged the likelihood of a vacancy in Eugene at 30% or more recently, but we underestimated the situation. Representatives of Cristobal and Miami had been deeply engaged for weeks.Chance of vacancy: 100% (last week: 30%)

UtahCoach: Kyle WhittinghamComment: No change in our outlook. The dominating victory in the conference championship and the school’s first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl could lead to Whittingham calling it quits. There are no visible signs or public utterances to indicate he’s considering retirement. But he has endured the deaths of two players; he turned 62 recently; he has loads of grandkids in the Salt Lake City area; and he just became the winningest coach in school history, with his first Pac-12 championship in tow. And the whispers about his future that began many weeks ago have not subsided.Chance of vacancy: 55% (last week: 55%)

UCLACoach: Chip KellyComment: Our assessment has changed with the creation of a vacancy in Eugene. A faction of influential Oregon constituents are interested in bringing Kelly back. Whether or not that faction wins the day, so to speak, is unknown. But if Oregon makes an offer — say, in the $6 million range (annually) — we do not expect the Bruins to match. Kelly has one year left on his contract, so UCLA is staring at an extension situation. But is there enough support for Kelly to justify a commitment of four or five more years? It’s fascinating, and tricky. Some members of UCLA’s power base might view an Oregon offer as an escape hatch.Chance of vacancy: 20% (last week: 1%)

CalCoach: Justin WilcoxComment: If Oregon prioritizes stability, Wilcox will receive strong consideration. He played for Oregon; his father and brother played for Oregon; he was born in Eugene. Essentially, he bleeds green. The Ducks couldn’t find a better defensive coach, but they would need to look beyond his record at Cal, where challenges exist that cannot be found elsewhere. And Wilcox would need to sell the Ducks on his plan to produce a top-notch offense.Chance of vacancy: 15% (last week: 10%)

Arizona StateCoach: Herm EdwardsComment: Edwards has the energy and desire to return, so retirement is off the table. But we are allowing for the possibility that the NCAA investigation eventually makes the status quo untenable. Of course, the NCAA might not get around to a decision on the recruiting scandal until the 2030s.Chance of vacancy: 5% (last week: 5%)

StanfordCoach: David ShawComment: Shaw isn’t getting fired, but we are leaving room — a fleck of a wisp of a chance — that he leaves for the NFL. Far more relevant is the situation with his staff. Will he makes changes, or plow forward with the same group that oversaw the Cardinal’s worst season in 15 years?Chance of vacancy: 0.1% (last week: 0.1%)

ArizonaCoach: Jedd FischComment: Despite the worst full season in program history, Fisch’s return has never been in question — he’ll have at least three and perhaps four years to turn the Wildcats around. He didn’t take long to find a defensive coordinator, grabbing Johnny Nansen off the UCLA staff. Nansen has years of experience recruiting Los Angeles, so the Wildcats seemingly have upgraded their recruiting but lost ground strategically. They weren’t going to do better than Don Brown.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

ColoradoCoach: Karl DorrellComment: There will be no change at the top in Boulder. After three head coaches in 18 months, the Buffaloes picked Dorrell in large part because of the stability he offered.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

Oregon StateCoach: Jonathan SmithComment: Smith’s contract extension, through the 2027 season, works out to approximately $4 million per year. It’s a major bump from his current deal and places him in the middle of the conference hierarchy. For now. Given the rate of change and accompanying salary escalation, Smith could be on the bottom tier by next month.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

USCCoach: Lincoln RileyComment: The staff creation continues, and there’s a distinct Oklahoma feel. Nothing wrong with that — the Sooners have recruited California and Arizona as well as any program in the Pac-12 on a dollar-for-dollar, hour-for-hour basis. It’s not like they need directions to Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

WashingtonCoach: Kalen DeBoerComment: The DeBoer hiring looks ho-hum compared to USC’s move, but that could be an optical illusion. We strongly suspect the Huskies got it right with DeBoer and have been impressed with his staff moves thus far. The contract pays an average of $3.3 million over five years, but it won’t last to the end. Either DeBoer will have a raise in hand after two or three years, or he’ll be gone after four.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 100%)

Washington StateCoach: Jake DickertComment: Dickert hasn’t wasted much time filling out his offensive staff, hiring Incarnate Word coach Eric Morris as the playcaller. Morris is from the Air Raid tree, but we suspect the Cougars will adhere to some run-and-shoot principles. Don’t expect 60 passes a game, in other words.Chance of vacancy: 0% (last week: 0%)

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