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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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Space

NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted  June 24, 2016

NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md. This action will extend the period of…

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Boeing photograph by John D. Parker
Defense

Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

Posted  June 24, 2016

Boeing photograph by John D. Parker The KC-46A Pegasus deploys the centerline boom for the first time Oct. 9, 2015. The boom is the fastest way to refuel aircraft at 1,200 gallons per minute. Air Force officials announced fives bases as candidates for the next round of active duty-led KC-46A Pegasus basing on June 23….

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Defense

Face of Defense: First Marine completes aviator immersion program

Posted  June 24, 2016

Courtesy photograph Marine Corps Capt. Jason Grimes, a UH-1Z Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Squadron 369 and a Hibbing, Minnesota, native, who is the first pilot to complete the Aviator Immersion Program, poses for a photo at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2016. Grimes completed the training with 2nd Battalion, 4th…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Nicole Keim
Defense

NATO partners close out Saber Strike 16

Posted  June 24, 2016

Air Force photograph by SrA. Nicole Keim A U.S. Army soldier holds the U.S. flag during a closing ceremony at Tapa Training Base, Estonia, June 21, 2016. U.S. forces in Europe participated in Saber Strike 16; a long-standing, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative-training exercise, which has been conducted annually since 2010….

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Defense

Army training looks at human dimension

Posted  June 24, 2016

During the month of June, nine squads of Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment are participating in an integrated training program at Fort Benning, Ga., that focuses on human performance enhancement.

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