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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

Contract Briefs

Posted  May 4, 2016

Navy Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $1,271,800,000 not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 advance acquisition contract N00019-16-C-0033 for aircraft added by the U.S. services in fiscal 2016 budget deliberations and by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.  This modification…

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Space

NASA to provide coverage of May 9 Mercury transit of sun

Posted  May 4, 2016

NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Due to its diminutive size, viewing this…

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Business

UTC Aerospace Systems expands presence in Alabama

Posted  May 4, 2016

UTC Aerospace Systems is expanding its existing footprint in Foley, Ala., by adding a new manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility that is estimated to bring 260 new jobs to Baldwin County. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp, is one of Alabama’s largest aerospace manufacturers as measured by number of employees. The new…

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Navy SEAL killed in action in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

Posted  May 4, 2016

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, was killed in action in northern Iraq May 3. Keating died from injuries sustained in combat, during an attack by Islamic State forces on his team. Keating and elements of his team were responding to a local Peshmerga force’s request for support during…

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Defense

Air University wargamers battle to keep America’s lights on

Posted  May 4, 2016

Air Force graphic by William Blankenship Cyber experts from across the military, government agencies and private industry joined forces at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., April 27, 2016, to mitigate future cyberattacks within the U.S. The Air Force Cyber College’s two-day wargame brought the CIA, FBI, Goldman Sachs and others into participation. Security experts analyzed…

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