Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With Coronavirus Already on 97 American Military Bases, the Armed Forces Struggle with Their Many Missions
The military is loath to admit that it is curtailing any war-related activities in response to the global pandemic. But according to official statistics labeled "sensitive" and not publicly released, coronavirus cases have been reported at 97 domestic military bases in 37 states, service members in uniform making up over half of the total of just over 1,000 uniformed, civilian, contractor, and family members who have tested positive.
The coronavirus will deal a major blow to U.S. military readiness in coming weeks as it spreads to bases and manufacturing hubs in the southern and western parts of the country, a new analysis by data and analytics firm Govini predicts. Govini analysts say the forecast could help Pentagon leaders and local commanders better prepare, and help military decision makers allocate some $10 billion in virus aid approved by Congress as part of a sweeping $2 trillion stimulus package last week.
The nation's top government watchdogs on March 30 appointed Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general for the Pentagon, to lead the newly created committee that oversees implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill signed by President Donald Trump last week.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) on March 30 postponed the planned April 30 mark-up of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A skeleton crew will man critical stations while the USS Theodore Roosevelt is disinfected pierside in Guam, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said.
The union representing more than 260,000 civil service employees at the Veterans Affairs Department filed a lawsuit March 30, claiming they are owed hazardous duty pay of 25 percent above their typical salaries for working during the coronavirus epidemic that has infected more than 770 veterans nationwide.
Senior Defense Department officials and top military leaders currently are pondering how to organize future missile defense acquisition, including the possible break up of the Missile Defense Agency by transferring its authorities to the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Space Force, insiders say.
The U.S. Marine Corps may not have enough pilots to sustain future F-35 Joint Strike Fighter units amid expected future budget shortfalls, its top general warned in a new report.
The Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification initiative could have the opposite of its desired effect and create security risks, major companies said in a letter to top Pentagon officials on March 27 seeking clarification on a number of issues.
Barring a last-minute diplomatic breakthrough, South Korean workers servicing American bases on the peninsula will be furloughed April 1—a move that may complicate further negotiations between the two nations over a defense funding agreement.
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U.S. and Israeli Air Force Carry Out First Bilateral F-35 Exercise in Israel (with No Face-Face Activity Due to COVID-19)
“Enduring Lightning” saw the IAF F-35Is and USAF F-35As operate together in the first bilateral US-Israeli fifth-generation exercise over the skies of Israel.