Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The commander of the D.C. National Guard said the Pentagon restricted his authority ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, requiring higher level sign-off to respond that cost time as the events that day spiraled out of control. Local commanders typically have the power to take military action on their own to save lives or prevent significant property damage in an urgent situation when there isn’t enough time to obtain approval from headquarters.
Worlds have collided—the Air Force is using its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) to build digital twins of its weapons systems, using one futuristic initiative to achieve the other.
Lockheed Martin Corp on Jan. 26 missed profit estimates for the first time in the last eight quarters as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted deliveries of the U.S. weapons maker’s F-35 jets and caused supplier delays. Shares of the company fell about 1.9 percent, after the company said fourth-quarter deliveries of its F-35 jets fell to 42 from 51 a year earlier.
The aerospace and defense company Raytheon Technologies delivered solid fourth-quarter results, with forecasts for 2021 that are better than analysts projected—good news for shareholders and aerospace investors in general.
A new study of more than 300,000 Vietnam-era U.S. veterans has found that those who were exposed to Agent Orange are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia as those who were not. The new finding, published Monday in JAMA Neurology, is among the most substantial to date linking cognitive decline with chemicals used for defoliation during the Vietnam War.
The companies’ proposed Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) to replace the UH-60 is a sleeker, stealthier version of the prototype SB-1 Defiant now in flight tests. Can it beat Bell’s tiltrotor?
Afghanistan veteran and former Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y. )—the Pentagon's new "COVID-19 coordinator"—joined Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Jan. 22 for their first meeting with the service chiefs and combatant commanders on efforts to control the pandemic.
Airstrikes targeting terrorists in Somalia have continued at a rapid pace since troops were relocated from the country earlier this month. AFRICOM has conducted three airstrikes against al-Shabab compounds and key leaders in Somalia since Jan. 15, as an estimated 700 troops withdrew from the country on orders from former President Donald Trump.
A new interactive exhibit designed to inspire new generations of space explorers will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Jan. 28 to Sept. 6. The exhibit is titled “SPACE: A Journey to Our Future,” according to a news release from the Air Force Museum. It allows visitors to experience explorations of the past and the future in space.