Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise in the U.S., Defense Department officials said they have no plans to turn drones into disinfecting machines, despite propositions from companies presenting the method as simple and effective.
COVID-19: Pentagon Budget Unlikely to See Short-Term Impact, but Growing Debt Could Raise Long-Term Issues
The Defense Department’s $740.5 billion discretionary defense budget request for fiscal 2021 is unlikely to be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, but responses to the virus and its economic effects are likely to increase U.S. public debt and potentially hit budgets in the longer term.
The nation’s largest integrated health care system has only limited protocols in place to protect elderly patients. Roughly half of the 9 million veterans who use the VA’s hospitals are at least 65 years old.
As military families grapple with thousands of different difficult situations that the coronavirus has brought to their lives, the military relief societies want people to know they can help with financial assistance in a variety of ways.
Office of Personnel Management Director Dale Cabaniss resigned unexpectedly on March 17 as federal agencies struggle to cope with the spread of the novel coronavirus that has brought life to a halt for millions of Americans.
At least three rockets struck Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone near the American Embassy late March 17, a day after an attack on a training base south of Baghdad where U.S.-led coalition troops and NATO trainers were present, Iraqi security officials said. It was the fourth such attack in the span of a week.
“Given the critical nature of National Security Space Launch, winners of the competition to replace the Atlas V and its Russian-made RD-180s engines should have the flexibility to adapt to unforeseen events, the self-knowledge and willingness to work closely with the Air Force, and a record of excellent performance to avoid wasteful contract award protests,” writes retired USAF Col. Mark Gunzinger, director for future concepts and technology assessments at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. More importantly, not adhering to these criteria could increase NSS mission risk and threaten America’s future standing as an unmatched leader in space.
Originally scheduled for May 8, to coincide with the 75th anniversary for the end of WWII in Europe, the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover was to have seen upwards of 60 WWII-vintage aircraft flying in formation over Washington, D.C.. The Commemorative Air Force, which is running the event, has talked with the various aircraft owners and sponsors involved and moved the event to September.
No U.S military branch is complete without a line of collectible, gun-toting action figures, and with your help, the burgeoning U.S. Space Force could finally get its plastic treatment—with a few major Sci-Fi twists. That's right, a new Kickstarter is raising money to produce a line of four-inch tall, spacesuit-clad figures who come from an alternate universe where Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama team up to beat Russian president Vladimir Putin in a rocket-fueled race to Mars.