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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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Army photograph by SSgt. Samuel Northrup
Defense

‘Ghost Brigade’ soldiers prepare for future conflicts

Posted  May 27, 2016

Since 1981, military personnel have come and gone through the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., to prepare for missions around the world.

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Business

Lockheed Martin to continue LRASM integration, test program

Posted  May 27, 2016

Lockheed Martin ) has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase.   The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM…

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Air Force photograph by A1C Joshua D. King
Defense

Kendall: F-35 program shows continuing progress in all aspects

Posted  May 27, 2016

Air Force photograph by A1C Joshua D. King An F-35A Lightning II takes off from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 14, 2014. The F-35 Lightning II program is on track and demonstrating “continuing progress in all aspects,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said May 24. Kendall spoke during a…

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Business

Boeing, U.S. Air Force adjust KC-46 tanker schedule

Posted  May 27, 2016

The U.S. Air Force is moving its formal production decision on the KC-46 tanker program—known as Milestone C—from June 2016 to August 2016 to allow additional time to implement the solution to a refueling boom loads issue identified during flight testing earlier this year. The Air Force also released an updated projection from Boeing for…

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DOD photograph by Cheryl Pellerin
Defense

U.S. A-10s, tankers fly Syria missions 24/7 from Incirlik

Posted  May 27, 2016

DOD photograph by Cheryl Pellerin In a hangar off the flightline at Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, greets representatives from a Marine Corps EA-6 Prowler Squadron, a KC-135 tanker crew, and several aircraft maintainers, May 23, 2016. Votel was accompanied by 447th Air Expeditionary…

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