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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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Technology

AFRL researchers ‘twist’ yarns for electrical energy, power

Posted  September 11, 2017

Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory have ‘twisted’ upon a new way to harvest mechanical energy using ‘yarns’ that weigh less than a common housefly.

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Defense

Joint partnership leads to successful swirl distortion testing

Posted  September 11, 2017

An AEDC test team and members of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) initiated a project in 2011 at the Academy’s F109 turbofan test facility applying swirl distortion to the determination of engine response in terms of aeromechanics, operability and performance.

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Business

Raytheon partners with Ducommun to build Naval Strike Missile fire control systems

Posted  September 11, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon has selected Ducommun to build fire control systems for the Naval Strike Missile, or NSM, an advanced weapon that Raytheon is offering for the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon requirement for its littoral combat ships and future frigates. The partnership will support manufacturing jobs at Ducommun’s Berryville and Huntsville, Ark., operations. “As one of America’s…

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DOD photograph by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
News

Nation grieves with 9/11 survivors, Trump tells Pentagon victims’ families

Posted  September 11, 2017

DOD photograph by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley From left: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump face the flag during the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2017. During…

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Veterans

VA awards $188 million in grant funding to help homeless vets

Posted  September 11, 2017

On Sept. 11, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced $188 million in grants for two programs benefiting homeless veterans. The grants were made through the Grant and Per Diem program, awarded to community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. Awards announced today will provide approximately $185 million in per diem funding for 556 projects to…

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