The President gave his thanks to the troops in a visit to Afghanistan shrouded in secrecy and packed with the displays of military strength Trump loves.
The Russian military says it has shown its latest hypersonic weapon to US inspectors. The Defense Ministry said Nov. 26 that it demonstrated the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle to a team of US inspectors this week as part of transparency measures under the New START nuclear arms treaty with the US. It said the new weapon will be put on combat duty in December.
For the last stop of a multi-day tour spanning the US Central Command area of responsibility, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein visited Ramstein AB, Germany, on Nov. 22, where they received an overview of the US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa mission and the installation.
The Pentagon is searching for vendors to stand up the hybrid cloud platform its Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will use to build AI applications for the military.
The Defense Department operates hundreds of bases that support the daily operations of units in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, providing services such as housing, utilities, and grounds maintenance, similar to what might be found in a town or city. In 2016, $25 billion—about 4 percent of DOD’s budget—was allocated to the costs of such services, called base operations support (BOS). The costs of providing such support vary between bases, and the factors that affect those costs are not clearly understood.
Service members are now being tested for fentanyl and norfentanyl during random urine tests, the Defense Department announced recently. After seeing increased use of the synthetic opioid pain reliever in the civilian sector, the DOD added fentanyl to the standard drug testing panel and began testing in June.
On Nov. 15, Motorola Solutions announced the installation of special security cameras at Offutt AFB, Neb., the home of US Strategic Command. The goal is for information provided by the cameras to provide crash data, beyond the black box.