Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A slideshow examines how the spread of COVID-19 has affected a handful of domestic and international programs, including the F-35 and Eurofighter.
“In this volatile environment, it is more important than ever before to maintain the operations of the defense industrial base and support our men and women in uniform,” Lockheed’s new president and CEO, Jim Taiclet, said in a statement.
The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year. Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said June 8 that the Hercules overran the runway at the base north of Baghdad and crashed into a wall, sparking a fire and injuring four service members. But the Long War Journal, a news site that tracks developments in the war on terror, reported June 19 that a group called the League of the Revolutionaries—an Iranian proxy operating in Iraq—released a statement that said it carried out a rocket attack on Camp Taji that evening, and claiming responsibility for the crash.
“Anyone who's been around ground combat knows F-35s, F-22s, and legacy fast jets are far too fast and lack the close in maneuverability to be able detect camouflaged threats to our troops or to separate friend from foe in a highly fluid firefight,” writes retired USAF Lt. Col. Brian Boeding, the first Hog driver to have flown all three A-10 variants in combat.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said that the search has involved up to 70 locations, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has thrown his support behind Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This comes after Ohio's senators expressed support for the base.
Trump Violated Constitution by Diverting Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall, Federal Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court struck a blow June 26 against President Donald Trump’s signature domestic achievement, ruling that he acted unlawfully by shifting Defense Department funds to pay for his much touted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The 2-1 ruling from the California-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could slow construction, days after Trump toured a segment in Yuma, Ariz., to mark completion of more than 200 miles of new barrier.
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice reiterated her support for a program that would require all Americans to dedicate time in service to their country, at least in a civilian capacity.
The move applies to commissioned officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Junel Jeffrey said. Prior to the change, both officers and enlisted Soldiers had to submit a Department of Army photo of themselves and check a box on promotion packets to indicate their racial origin.
A new dashboard—created by NASA and international partners—enables users to see changes in air and water quality, greenhouse gases, city nightlights, economic indicators and agricultural production.