Featured Headlines

Bob1 Local

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.


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

Business

Lockheed Martin wins aerial intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance contract

Posted  June 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin has officially been awarded the Sensor Systems – Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (SS-AISR) task order on the R2-3G indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG). Under this one-year base/two one-year options contract valued at $733 million, Lockheed Martin will support the ACC-APG…

Full Story »

National Guard photograph by Army SSgt. Jeremiah Runser
Defense

National Guard chief nominee says new world requires agile forces

Posted  June 22, 2016

Today’s National Guard is in the best shape it’s been in for its almost 380 years of history, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the National Guard Bureau told the Senate Armed Services Committee June 21.

Full Story »

Photograph by Dennis Anderson
Local

RAF swoops to Palmdale to salute Queen’s 90th

Posted  June 22, 2016

Children at risk and recovering from abuse in the Antelope Valley may never know it, but some of the good angels who swooped in to try and provide them with brighter days include aviation troops and pilots of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

Full Story »

Defense

DOD releases policy for civilian employee Phased Retirement Program

Posted  June 22, 2016

Defense Department officials June 22 released a departmentwide policy for the Phased Retirement Program, a new human resources tool that allows retirement-eligible full-time civilian employees to request to work part-time while receiving a portion of their retirement annuity. As more employees become eligible for retirement, the program will assist DOD components and agencies with the…

Full Story »

News

News Briefs – June 22, 2016

Posted  June 22, 2016

Boeing says it signs sales agreement with Iran Air Boeing has confirmed signing an agreement with Iran Air “expressing the airline’s intent” to buy its aircraft. In a statement July 21 to The Associated Press, Boeing says it signed the agreement “under authorizations from the U.S. government following a determination that Iran had met its…

Full Story »