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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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News Briefs – July 12, 2017

Posted  July 12, 2017

NATO military drills in Eastern Europe begin in Bulgaria Major NATO exercises in Eastern Europe began in Bulgaria July 11 involving 25,000 military personnel from more than 20 allied and partner countries as the U.S. seeks to reassure NATO’s European allies. The Saber Guardian 17 exercises are being led by U.S. Army Europe and run…

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TRADOC to release active shooter mobile app that will educate, save lives

Posted  July 12, 2017

Soon, Soldiers and civilians will be mere taps away from contacting emergency teams in the event of an active shooter.

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BAE Systems providing EW suite for U.S. Special Operations Command C-130s

Posted  July 12, 2017

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has selected BAE Systems to provide new electronic warfare (EW) systems for its fleet of AC/MC-130J aircraft.

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Four Lockheed Martin facilities recognized with top security award

Posted  July 12, 2017

The Defense Security Service recognized Lockheed Martin sites in Chelmsford, Mass.; Marietta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Palmdale, Calif., with the 2017 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. The award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on industry contractors that are cleared to protect U.S. Department of Defense information. Out of approximately…

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Air Force releases first-term Airman retraining quotas for FY18

Posted  July 12, 2017

Eligible active-duty first-term Airmen may choose from more than 1,400 approved retraining quotas in over 20 career fields for fiscal year 2018. Retraining allows enlisted Airmen, to include staff and technical sergeants on their first enlistment, to retrain into skills where a shortage exists, in conjunction with a reenlistment. “A first-term Airman can apply to…

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