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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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Headlines – August 8, 2016

Posted  August 8, 2016

News U.S. releases redacted drone strike ‘playbook’ – The U.S. government has released a once-secret policy document dubbed “the playbook” that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process.     Business India inks $300 million helicopter upgrade deal with Russian firm…

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Business

Northrop Grumman delivers mission critical hardware for enhanced polar system ground station network

Posted  August 10, 2016

Northrop Grumman successfully deployed the Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment hardware in December 2015 to operational sites at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska and Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. — paving the way for System Acceptance Testing in the spring of 2017. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides secure, jam-resistant satellite communications…

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Army photograph by John Wayne Liston
Veterans

Full circle: Iraq veteran draws on his own struggle to heal others

Posted  August 10, 2016

When Patrick Hogg first sets out to teach a new group of soldiers coping skills to deal with their depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress, he knows they will be nervous about sharing. Some might be downright reluctant.

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Defense

Nominations for first Air Force enlisted RPA pilots being accepted

Posted  August 10, 2016

The Air Force is accepting nominations to fill its first class of enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots as part of a deliberate approach to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission. The first enlisted RPA pilot selection board will convene at the Air Force Personnel Center, Jan. 23-26, 2017, with application packages due to AFPC…

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell
Business

U.S., Raytheon go three-for-three in first firing of AIM-9X Sidewinder from F-35

Posted  August 10, 2016

The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Raytheon successfully test-fired three AIM-9X® Block I missiles from an F-35A aircraft at airborne targets, resulting in direct hits.

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