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A researcher specializing in international conflict, Stephen “Steve” Shellman leads Strategic Analysis Enterprises as CEO and chief research scientist. Steve Shellman’s work at Strategic Analysis Enterprises includes a partnership with Lockheed Martin to develop an integrated crisis early warning system.

One of the world’s largest defense and aviation industry companies, Lockheed Martin possesses a diverse product portfolio that includes military aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II and the C-130 Hercules. More than half a century old, the C-130 Hercules possesses a strong reputation for flexibility and reliability. Lockheed Martin has led continuous efforts to modernize the aircraft to keep up with technological advances.

The latest iteration of the C-130, the C-130J Super Hercules, possesses digital aeronautics, enhanced durability, and efficiencies that reduce operating costs. It possesses capabilities beyond the C-130’s original cargo mission and can be equipped with MAFFS II, a firefighting system that can cover a large area with flame retardant chemicals. The system can discharge 3,000 gallons of retardant in only five seconds or dispense it in shorter bursts in multiple passes. It only takes 12 minutes to refill, allowing the aircraft to make multiple runs on a fire in a short period of time.

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Stephen “Steve” Shellman serves as chief research scientist and chief executive officer of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, a consulting group that uses quantitative methods to analyze world events. Steve Shellman’s clients in the Department of Defense include Strategic Command and the Office of Naval Research.

The Office of Naval Research oversees funding of research into a variety of areas relating to the strategic development of the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. The office’s departments, known as “codes,” include Code 33, Sea Warfare & Weapons, Code 32, Ocean Battlespace Sensing, and Code 30, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism.

Code 30 primarily supports the Marine Corps. It contains several “thrust areas” in specialties such as command and control, intelligence, cultural and behavioral sciences, and maneuver. The Maneuver thrust emphasizes several technology areas such as survivability. Research in this area includes efforts to reduce the weight of armor while increasing its protective value and the development of vehicle seats that reduce shock such as that created by mines and improvised explosive devices.

Stephen Shellman holds a PhD in political science. He joined the College of William & Mary as a research scientist in 2008. In tandem with his work at the college, Steve Shellman is CEO at Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc. Outside of his professional duties, Steve Shellman enjoys hobbies such as music and astronomy.

From the outside looking in, astronomy may seem like an expensive hobby. The truth is that anyone can get started, no telescope required. In fact, many experts recommend beginners buy a decent set of binoculars before they invest in a telescope. Binoculars show a wide area of view, which makes it easier for beginners to locate popular constellations such as the Big Dipper. In contrast, even the most high-end telescope magnifies only a sliver of the sky.

After selecting binoculars, search for a few guidebooks and maps that note the location of skyward attractions. The best guides go beyond X-and-Y coordinates. Look for guides that divulge facts, figures, and extended histories of constellations. Also, keeping a journal of observations, questions, and comments keeps budding astronomers on track and offers a steady supply of talking points when they get the chance to consult experts.

When the time comes to invest in a telescope, prioritize quality over cost. Telescopes found in department stores are affordable but usually fall short of the power needed to observe detailed constellations. Aim for portability, magnification, and, for stargazers who appreciate having information at their fingertips, special features such as built-in charts and guides.