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Here is a video that captures what I loved about being on a ship, courtesy of USS CURTS (FFG 38). The credits say this was shot in 2012, a year before she was decommissioned. I did notice that the engineering department was underrepresented – no mystery really, since the film was put together by an Operations Specialist. Segue cartoon: If you are a carrier fan, here is a short but well done and satisfying video of carrier operations. The video notes say that it was shot on board USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in 2012. This was my perspective of carrier…

DARPA, the organization used by the military to develop new technologies (from its website: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.), recently released photos of an autonomous vessel that it built called the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessl (or ACUVD). It is specifically designed to track diesel submarines. Click here for the DARPA website that describes how it works. Here is a time lapse of it under construction – it gives a hint as to what is inside. Link up a few of these babies on SKYNET and we’re all set!

(Click on picture for OEF announcement) On October 7, 2001 America went to war. Still stinging from the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the thwarted attempt that was defeated by passengers of United Flight 93, the country was ready to take the battle to those who started it. It was not a time of celebration; it was a time of resolve. Fourteen years later, some of our troops are still there, in harm’s way. Operation Enduring Freedom (officially ended at the end of 2014) cost many good lives, and affected others permanently. But it cost the architects…

I had the privilege to attend a short seminar series this week, met a lot of nice people and learned a lot. And I couldn’t help but reminisce about military conferences I had attended. It isn’t that military conferences weren’t as nice, it is just that they…OK, they weren’t as nice. For one thing, everyone seemed to actually want to be at this conference. Not so when the Navy put one on. I do not ever remember wanting to attend a military seminar, and neither did anyone else. I actually took notes at this conference, and do not recall ever…

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