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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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Business

Sikorsky conducts Combat Rescue Helicopter air vehicle preliminary design review

Posted  May 2, 2016

Lockheed Martin announced May 2 the successful execution of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Program Air Vehicle Preliminary Design Review.

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Boeing publicly discloses 2015 savings from state tax breaks

Posted  May 2, 2016

Boeing announced April 29 that it saved $305 million through state tax breaks last year, marking the first time the company has been required by law to publicly disclose such information. In a statement, the aerospace giant also said it invested more than $13 billion in the state in 2015 — citing tens of millions…

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Business

Insitu establishes commercial business unit

Posted  May 2, 2016

Insitu announced May 2 the formation of a new commercial business unit within its corporate structure.

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India becomes 11th international customer for Longbow LLC’s Apache radar

Posted  May 2, 2016

The U.S. Army has awarded LONGBOW Limited Liability Company a $57.1 million foreign military sale contract to provide the Indian Air Force with Longbow Fire Control Radar systems for their new Apache AH-64E helicopters. LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Under this contract, $57.1 million is obligated to LONGBOW…

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Defense

Resetting the theater to equip rotational forces in Europe

Posted  May 2, 2016

When U.S. Army Europe's size peaked after the Cold War, it contained two corps headquarters, more than six divisions, two armored cavalry regiments, various enabling units, more than 277,000 Soldiers, and four divisions' worth of equipment in pre-positioned unit sets.

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