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Toward the Unknown: Edwards AFB meets Hollywood

Up late the other night and looking at late night viewing options on the small screen, I saw that the movie Toward the Unknown was on offer at midnight on TCM. “What the heck,” I thought — sleep is overrated and I needed a fix of good old American aviation movie making!

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Local

‘Gunny and Me’: One story among many

The story that connected my life to R. Lee Ermey, the thunder-spitting volcano of drill field invective in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” began as a routine interview story. It is only one among thousands of stories about Ermey, but it is something like his Marine Corps ode to the rifle: “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

NASA photograph by Kim Shiflett Space

NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers April 17.

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Stormy Mendez Defense

3-D printer-capable Marines print replacement part for F-35

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.  This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.

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News Briefs – September 27, 2017

Posted  September 27, 2017

U.S. Army looks for new ways to address misbehaving generals The Army is making moves to deal with an embarrassing number of misconduct and behavior problems among senior officers. This includes putting together a series of new mental health, counseling and career management programs to shape stronger, more ethical leaders. The programs stem from a…

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DOD photograph by Navy PO1 Dominique A. Pineiro

Erosion of U.S. military capabilities must be stopped, chairman tells senators

Posted  September 27, 2017

The erosion of American military capabilities is real and must be halted, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept.26.

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Virtual reality helps veterans prepare for new jobs

Posted  September 27, 2017

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and its partners recently developed a new way for veterans to seek employment.

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Boeing delivers digital, analytics solutions to MTU Aero Engines

Posted  September 27, 2017

AMSTERDAM–Boeing, through its subsidiary AerData, Sept. 25 announced an agreement with MTU Aero Engines for AerData’s STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) and EFPAC (Engine Fleet Planning And Costing) software. Using data analytics, the software allows MTU Aero Engines to effectively manage premium aircraft records and optimize maintenance planning to maximize budget and…

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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden

U.S. Air Force pilots: Masters of the sky

Posted  September 27, 2017

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden Capt. Joe, right, assists boom operator Tech. Sgt. Fritz in trouble shooting an issue in a KC-10 Extender boom pod in the air over Syria, Sept. 13, 2017. Pilots will often help to diagnose and fix minor issues mid-flight to ensure the safety of their aircraft…

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