Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The draft $1 trillion spending package includes money for F-35s, warships, missile defense projects, and much more.
The Pentagon earlier this month walked back on an earlier decision to award Defense Production Act contracts to six small launch companies. The about-face sends “mixed signals” to an industry that has been financially devastated by the virus-induced economic crisis, Mandy Vaughn, president of VOX Space, said July 28.
As part of its efforts to get itself on a firmer financial management footing, the Pentagon wants to infuse its accounting workforce with new blood. But imagine trying to run a recruiting campaign when most of the candidates you’re targeting suspect your organization is a hopeless cause. That’s about the size of the challenge the Defense Department faces as it works to replace the growing cadre of retirement-eligible senior civil servants in its financial management workforce with new personnel who might be able to help the Pentagon finally earn a clean opinion on its financial statement audit.
“The service has too long delayed the hard choices that would prepare it to deter China,” write Mara E. Karlin, director of strategic studies and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Jim Mitre, chief strategy officer at Govini and an adjunct research staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses.
The Air Force’s inspector general said July 28 that his investigation into racial disparities in the service will base its findings on hard data, not anecdotal evidence from its survey, and that he hasn’t leapt to any conclusions.
DynCorp International has helped USAF's Executive Airlift fleet at Joint Base Andrews, Md., continue its 24/7, no fail mission despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
DroneShield’s first contract win with the U.S. Air Force was driven by its use of artificial intelligence in its counter-unmanned aircraft systems products, with plans to further develop the technology across its range in the coming years, the company has told Janes.
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles on July 29 as part of an exercise involving a mock-up American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, highlighting its network of subterranean missile sites.
A new mandatory Pentagon training course aimed at preventing leaks refers to protesters and journalists as "adversaries" in a fictional scenario designed to teach Defense Department personnel how to better protect sensitive information.
Scientists working with the Army are employing a natural self-healing process using squid teeth in ways that could allow future engineers to manufacture self-fixing parts in soldier clothing, prosthetic legs, personal protective equipment, and even robot parts. The polymer they’ve been able to reproduce is based on a natural protein in the ring teeth of a squid that repairs itself when damaged.