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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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Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joshua DeMotts
Defense

B-52 integrates, trains with French allies

Posted  April 22, 2016

Courtesy photograph A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and a French air force Rafale fighter jet fly over France, April 20, 2016. The B-52 also conducted a flight over the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Marnes-la-Coquette, France, during a ceremony honoring the 268 Americans who joined the French…

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World News

China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Posted  April 22, 2016

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 9, 2014. Hagel met with Xi to discuss mutual state and defense issues. BEIJING–Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Brandon Valle
Defense

AF Global Strike Command practices constant vigilance

Posted  April 22, 2016

Air Force photograph by A1C J.T. Armstrong B-52H Stratofortresses taxi on the runway during exercise Constant Vigilance at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 17, 2016. Air Force Global Strike Command conducts training operations and exercises on a regular basis to ensure U.S. forces are ready to perform nuclear deterrence operations and long-range strike missions…

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Business

Northrop Grumman to showcase innovative solutions for Army aviation’s future

Posted  April 22, 2016

Northrop Grumman will highlight a full range of solutions aimed at providing best-value enhancements and game-changing capabilities during the Army Aviation Association of America Mission Solutions Summit. The event will be held April 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Northrop Grumman’s booth 938 will spotlight tailored enhancements that help preserve command, control,…

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Navy photograph by PO2 Sean Furey
Defense

Divers highlight interoperability in finding, neutralizing mines

Posted  April 22, 2016

Divers from five nations are training together to identify and neutralize mines and other threats in order to ensure the waterways in the Middle East remain safe for commercial shipping.

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