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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!

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‘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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Navy officer accused of espionage; now held in Navy brig

Posted  April 13, 2016

The U.S. military has charged a Taiwan-born Navy officer with espionage for allegedly passing military secrets to China or Taiwan, U.S. defense officials said April 11. A Navy document that describes multiple charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin accuses him of failing to report foreign contacts and says that on multiple occasions he gave…

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Defense

DOD tech transformation holds surprises for U.S. adversaries

Posted  April 13, 2016

In a geopolitical environment where the focus of nations often is on future technologies, the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office starts with systems that are well established and familiar to nearly everyone, especially adversaries.

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Defense

Navy announces director of JSF fleet integration

Posted  April 13, 2016

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12, that Rear Adm. Roy “Trigger” Kelley will be appointed as the director, Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration. Kelley will direct the Department of the Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office, establishing unity of command and effort for the integration of the F-35 into the…

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DOD photograph by Air Force SMSgt. Adrian Cruz
World News

U.S., India agree to improve military cooperation

Posted  April 13, 2016

DOD photograph by Air Force SMSgt. Adrian Cruz Defense Ash Carter exchanges gifts with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar following a welcome dinner in Goa, India, April 10, 2016. Carter is visiting India and the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. NEW DELHI–The U.S and India are working to make it easier…

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Business

Raytheon, U.S. Air Force successfully complete GPS OCX first qualification test

Posted  April 13, 2016

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System. Known simply as GPS OCX, this new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy, and security….

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