When the U.S. Air Force was born out of the Army Air Corps just after World War II, the country was experiencing tremendous advances in science, medicine, and military technology. In honor of its 70th anniversary, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson shares five noteworthy technologies, developed to enable and protect servicemen and -women, that now improve the lives of civilians. 1. The satellite constellation behind the Global Positioning System, which the Air Force manages, enables everything from synchronized bank transactions to smartphones. 2. Commercial airliners cruising at 36,000 feet would be inconceivable without pressurized airplane cabins, which debuted with the
Hmm. A bit skeptical about pressurized cabin and fly by wire. My guess is that they were invented by aircraft companies in response to a need for the capability, a request by the AF.
Perhaps the term "invented" is a bit too strong for the aircraft stuff, but perhaps she is right. AFAIK, the Air Corps/Air Force never actually designed or built an airplane, only contracted for them to general performance requirements.
I do know that sat comms were researched/invented by AF personnel, a friend did a significant part of that work when he was an AF engineer.
Rich, buttery and just 5 cents each, Chicago Public Schools´ iconic butter cookies made lunchtime all the merrier from the 1960s and through the ’80s. These classic shortbread cookies, pressed with three fingers for good measure and baked to toasty perfection, once graced cafeteria trays across the city. "They were the absolute best," says Gwendolyn Streak, who has worked in CPS lunchrooms for more than 19 years (Snip) "Once you saw the lunch ladies serving up cookies in the cafeteria … it was officially a good day." Made from scratch, with lots of butter and lots of sugar, they´re not
fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of Ventura early Tuesday, burning 45,500 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County on Tuesday morning. “This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we´ll continue to attack it with all we´ve got,” Brown said. “It´s critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.” The state is sending resources to help with firefighting efforts. Ventura County officials have asked the state for eight fixed-wing firefighting aircraft to help douse the flames, said Ventura County Sheriff’s
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has had a whirlwind year as the left’s newest darling. She became an instant political celebrity when she refused to defend President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and travel from terror-prone countries — the so-called “travel ban.” Trump promptly fired her, which earned her a Senate hearing, a graduation speech at Harvard Law School, and talk about a bright future as a Democratic Party politician. But Yates’s rebellion ended with a whimper on Monday, as the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down several lower court injunctions and let the third version of Trump’s travel
Deputy Head of Counterintelligence – FBI Agent Peter Strzok is either the hardest working FBI investigator in the history of the agency, or he’s being set up as a scapegoat. Consider: *Peter Strzok was the lead FBI agent in charge of the 2015/2016 Hillary Clinton email investigation. *Agent Strzok was one of a small group who actually interviewed Hillary Clinton. *Agent Strzok was also the person who interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, granting them immunity. *Agent Strzok created the wording for the Comey/Clinton exoneration *Strzok was the counterintelligence investigator for the 2016 ‘vast Russian conspiracy’, narrative. *Agent Strzok was also
The Washington Post, whose pages include numerous articles supporting the idea that President Donald Trump or his advisors violated the Logan Act before his inauguration, once dismissed the law in an editorial as an irrelevant atavism when used to criticize the acts of prominent Democratic officeholders. In 1984, ten members of Congress, including Majority Leader Jim Wright, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Edward Boland, and Representative Lee Hamilton, wrote Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega a fawning letter that praised his efforts to “open up the political process.” The ten wrote, “As members of the U.S. House of Representatives we regret the fact that better
Highway 31, a Birmingham-based pro-Doug Jones super PAC is using what could be perceived as voter intimidation tactics against Roy Moore by suggesting the votes cast in a December 12 special election are “public record.” Beginning last week, some Alabamians were posting on social media about encountering online pre-roll video advertising making such a claim. (Tweets)Breitbart News has obtained two of those ads, both which taken by a resident in the Montgomery, AL designated market area. (Video)After leveling the “child predator” charge, the narrator tells viewers their vote is public record, and their community will know if they “helped stop
Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz batted down the merit of obstruction of justice charges aimed at President Donald Trump for what he said was exercising his constitutional power and authority regarding the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey and instructing the Department of Justice what to and not to investigate. “If Congress were to ever charge him with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional authority under Article 2, we’d have a constitutional crisis,” he explained. “You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power to fire
WASHINGTON, DC — Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will headline a fundraising luncheon for Black Americans for a Better Future (BABF) on Tuesday at the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel in Washington, DC. The event, “A Business Luncheon with Stephen K. Bannon: A Republican Vision for Minority Business Growth,” will see approximately 200 minority entrepreneurs from throughout the United States. Bannon, who previously served as senior White House adviser to President Donald Trump and was the CEO of his presidential campaign, has stated that a large part of his vision for economic nationalism is helping extend opportunities to black and Hispanic
Not too long ago, 2010 through 2015 to be precise, CTH and Senator Orrin Hatch were on oppositional sides of almost every ‘conservative‘ argument. The issues -amid the most widely discussed conflicts- stemmed around the future of the Republican party; and were born of frustration with the elitist nature of the Corinthian clan, the DeceptiCons. As a matter of advocacy and political network, Senator Orrin Hatch was aligned with the DeceptiCon caucus, the entrenched GOPe. The ‘battered conservative’ scars remain visible and serve our CTH community as a continual reminder that the larger ideological battle within our republic is multidimensional.
The supreme court has granted a stay against all lower court rulings [READ DECISION HERE] allowing the full President Trump travel and VISA ban to go into effect. This is a BIG win for President Trump. (Tweet)WASHINGTON DC – Handing the White House a huge judicial victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of President Trump’s travel ban affecting residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The justices said the policy can take full effect despite multiple legal challenges against it that haven’t yet made their way through the judicial system. The ban applies to people from Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya,
Rich Lowry awakened Sunday morning to an epiphany: President Trump is pushing through the conservative agenda by using the powers of the president in a manner that is effective, constitutional, and most rewarding. This does not please Lowry. He is trapped inside the DC-Manhattan corridor unable to reconcile how every prediction he and his colleagues have made for the past two years have been wrong. Maybe it is because they spend too much time on Twitter ready to pounce on anything and everything Trump says -- rather than look at what he has done. Lowry did look at the actions.
Once again, a supposed big break in the drive to destroy President Trump over “collusion” with the Russians during the 2016 campaign stands exposed as nothing more than bad reporting. Plus, the professionalism of the FBI looks compromised by anti-Trump bias. The media went berserk Friday on news that former Trump confidante Mike Flynn had copped a plea deal with special counsel Bob Mueller. All the usual suspects launched an orgy of speculation on what beans Flynn “must” have spilled. It all went into overdrive when ABC’s Brian Ross reported that Flynn had been instructed to reach out to Moscow
LaVar Ball told ESPN that he has pulled his son LiAngelo out of UCLA. "We are exploring other options with Gelo," LaVar Ball said on Monday. "He´s out of there." "I´m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have." LaVar Ball LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, is one of three UCLA basketball players who were indefinitely suspended after a shoplifting incident in China in November. Ball, the middle Ball brother, did not play a single game in college after being suspended from the team -- along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. "I´m not
WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who almost certainly holds the crucial vote in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, sent sharply contradictory messages when it was argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court. He asked a lawyer for the Trump administration whether the baker, Jack Phillips, could put a sign in his window saying, “We don’t bake cakes for gay weddings.” The lawyer, Noel J. Francisco said yes, so long as the cakes were custom made. Justice Kennedy looked troubled and said the administration’s position was an affront to the dignity
In advance of Michael Flynn’s guilty plea last week, President Trump started acting out. He retweeted a fake and vulgar message about Muslims. He sabotaged a meeting with Democrats on a budget deal and then spread word that shutting down the government might help him politically. (Snip) Thirty of the 44 heading for the door are Republicans. Most of them are good-government Republicans like Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. They deserve thanks for years of good public service. But at the critical moment when the nation is dealing with an out-of-control Republican in the White
Golly. It’s one thing to suspend a reporter for making an incredibly damaging error of basic fact on air. But to remove him from covering a particular subject altogether? That’s the sort of thing you might do if you’d concluded he’s incapable of covering that topic fairly. If it’s an innocent mistake borne of carelessness, there’s no need to declare certain topics off-limits. You do that only when you think the reporter’s view of that topic will necessarily compromise his judgment. And if you’ve got a reporter like that on staff and the topic happens to be the president and
Vice President Mike Pence and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus considered a coup to replace then candidate Donald Trump following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, The Atlantic reported in a lengthy profile of Pence on Tuesday.
Embattled U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of Congress, will retire, rather than seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed staffers, he said Tuesday. (Snip) “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in anyway by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children,” Conyers said. “...I’m retiring today.” He endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to succeed him in Congress. Conyers made the announcement from a hospital bed. The 88-year-old dean of the U.S. House has repeatedly denied claims he mistreated staffers, but calls for his departure intensified last week
Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick made a rare public appearance on Sunday where he was honored by the ACLU of Southern California. The organization invited Kaepernick to its annual Bill of Rights awards gala where he and other stars such as Gina Rodriguez, Jane Fonda and Judd Apatow were honored for their work this year. The NFL star, who gained a lot of attention for his decision to kneel during the National Anthem at games, was awarded the Eason Monroe Courageous Courage Award, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The crowd was reportedly stunned to see Kaepernick as he was not
With rumors swirling that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton will soon head for the CIA, another Senate race may be added to the 2018 list. The safe money is for an open seat in Arkansas to stay in Republican hands. But who thought Alabama would host a competitive Senate race? If Democrats can find a credible candidate, and unruly Republican voters again fail to take their nomination process seriously, anything could happen. (Snip) If Arkansas Democrats want to field a serious Democrat, there’s only one name to consider. I’m talking, of course, about Clinton. Of course, Hillary Clinton would have to
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens. Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced. “Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries,” the lender said in a statement to Bloomberg Tuesday, declining to provide additional information. Deutsche Bank for
Former president Barack Obama reportedly said more women should be in power since men are struggling to get the job done, referring to the increasing number of powerful men who have been accused of sexual assault and harassment. Speaking at an invitation-only conference, Les Napoleons, on Saturday, the 44th president told the room about “the importance of more focus on putting women in power because men seem to be having some problems these days,” French news agency AFP reported. “Not to generalize, but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization,”
Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said he believes "we´re closer to impeachment now than we think" during a discussion on ABC´s "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday. Castellanos, who also serves as a CNN contributor, suggested that if Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore wins a special election next week, he could become the face of the party and hurt GOP candidates in next fall´s midterm elections. Asked by Stephanopoulos if special council Robert Mueller "posed an existential threat" to the President Trump given former national security adviser Michael Flynn´s guilty plea on Friday, the veteran strategist said "I don’t
Robert Mueller has the heart of a Las Vegas hooker and the guile of a New Orleans stripper. Not to push the metaphor too far, he’s skilled at showing a little skin in a cloud of satin and lace, but never quite comes across with what the customer is paying for. Mr. Mueller, held up by his fellow Blackstones as a model of lawyerly rectitude, teased everyone last week that after testing his prowess to the limit, he had hooked a mighty tuna. His hallelujah chorus in the media celebrated the hundred-pound monster, but overnight it melted into a two-inch goldfish. The