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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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Navy reviews physiological episodes

Posted  April 24, 2017

Navy photograph The Navy announced April 24 it is conducting a comprehensive review of the facts, circumstances and processes surrounding the recent physiological episodes involving T-45 and F/A-18 aircrew, to include how these issues have been addressed. On April 21, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran directed Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott…

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Contract Briefs

Posted  April 24, 2017

Navy   Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $95,550,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2128) for the manufacturing of 17 tactical missile tubes in support of the Columbia Class Submarine (formerly known as the Ohio Class Replacement).  This is a joint U.S./United Kingdom Common Missile Compartment program and this modification…

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Headlines – April 21, 2017

Posted  April 21, 2017

News As Korea tensions deepen, Carl Vinson Strike Group deployment extended – The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group’s deployment has been extended by 30 days to patrol the waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions deepen on with the rogue North Korean regime.   Iraqi unit with U.S., Australian advisers hit by ISIS chemical weapon…

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News Briefs – April 21, 2017

Posted  April 21, 2017

U.S. Navy redesigning its submarines to accommodate women Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That’s going to change. With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  April 21, 2017

World War I was over 100 years ago and, to many, it’s a faded memory of just another war that exists only in the history books.

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