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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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Boeing opens collaborative autonomous systems lab in Missouri

Posted  July 1, 2016

Boeing June 30 opened a new research laboratory to test hardware and software that will make a new generation of autonomous air, sea and land vehicles work together more effectively as a team or unit. The lab will serve as the company’s leading location for collaborative autonomous technology development with academic institutions and research partners,…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  July 1, 2016

Spending time with the Aerotech crew this weekend at their production retreat to plan for the future I was inspired by all the great ladies that make the publication what it is today -- a success!

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News Briefs – July 1, 2016

Posted  July 1, 2016

Russian defense minister promises response to NATO’s buildup Russia’s defense minister says the military will respond in kind to NATO’s buildup near Russian borders. Sergei Shoigu said June 29 the deployment of additional NATO units and weapons in Eastern Europe “has undermined strategic stability.” He voiced concern that NATO’s activities near Russia’s borders could expand…

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Headlines – July 1, 2016

Posted  July 1, 2016

Business UK defense industry seeks ‘bold’ government backing after Brexit vote – The UK needs to quickly signal it will support the aerospace, defense and other industries and not wait for the completion of negotiations with the European Union to act, according to the chief executive of ADS, Inc., the country’s leading trade body in…

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Contract Briefs

Posted  July 6, 2016

Army   Kinley Construction Co., Arlington, Texas, (W9128F-16-D-0021); Cape Environmental Management Inc., Norcross, Ga., (W9128F-16-D-0022); Weston Solutions Inc., West Chester, Penn., (W9128F-16-D-0023); Gilbane Federal, Calif., (W9128F-16-D-0024); CB&I Federal Services LLC, Alexandria, Va., (W9128F-16-D-0025); KNK-Cape JV1 LLC, Orlando, Fla., (W9128F-16-D-0026); Structural Associates Inc., East Syracuse, N.Y., (W9128F-16-D-0027); Reliable Contracting Group LLC, Louisville, Ky., (W9128F-16-D-0028); Silver Mountain…

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