Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defense Department created a web portal to fact-check bad information circulating about the coronavirus and the military’s response.
OPINION: Coronavirus May Be Opportunity for Air Force Technology Chief Roper to Impact U.S. Industrial Base
“Simply reverting to where the economy was before the crisis seems unlikely,” writes Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute and CEO of Source Associates. “There will be a constituency for doing things differently in Washington, and that probably includes a more active government role in promoting industrial innovation. As that process unfolds, the ideas Will Roper has pioneered at the Pentagon may find a far broader political constituency—one that outlives the current pandemic.”
The commander of United States Forces Japan, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, declared a public health emergency for U.S. military bases in Japan’s Kanto Plain—in and around Tokyo—on April 6 amid growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus in the area.
Acting Navy Secretary Blasts USS Roosevelt Captain as ‘Too Naive or Too Stupid’ in Leaked Speech to Ship’s Crew
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly lashed out at former Capt. Brett Crozier and told sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt to stop complaining and do their jobs. Modly fired Crozier on April 2, two days after the San Francisco Chronicle published a leaked copy of a memo written by Crozier, in which he warned his superiors that sailors aboard the aircraft carrier would die of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) unless about 90 percent of the crew were moved into individual quarantine. Crozier has since tested positive for the coronavirus.
Parachute riggers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., plan to sew 1,000 to 1,500 surgical masks per week to help patients afflicted with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted three airstrikes targeting al-Shabab terrorists in the vicinity of Mubaraak, Somalia, on April 5. The command's initial assessment concluded these airstrikes killed eight terrorists.
Eric Chewning, a former defense official who most recently served as chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, has returned to consulting giant McKinsey & Company. Starting April 6, the former official will return as a partner, picking up a role he held from 2014-2017 before departing for the Defense Department.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
The board of directors of Draken International, LLC has elected Joseph “Joe” Ford as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Ford will also serve as a member of the company’s board of directors.
As the Air Force rolls out its proof of concept under the enterprise IT-as-a-service, one of the first pieces to go live is something as basic as a modernized help desk. It’s one of several efforts underway, including next generational networking and infrastructure, cloud services, and data architecture, that will create this digital Air Force of the future.
Using a very real F/A-18 Hornet to figure out how to capture the sequence gave the movie's production team what they needed to make the magic happen.