Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned April 7 after traveling nearly 8,000 miles to Guam to berate thousands of sailors on April 6, later saying he stood "by every word," and then subsequently apologizing for the remarks within the span of about eight hours.
President Donald Trump moved rapidly on April 6 to approve a request from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make the Navy hospital ship Comfort available to treat patients with novel coronavirus—a reversal of original plans to use the ship to treat those not diagnosed with the disease.
Cobham is proud to announce that it has successfully modified its existing hardware used for oxygen systems in military aircraft to create an air pressure regulator, which can be used within a ventilator system to precisely control the flow of oxygen to the patient.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the globe has delayed the launch of three U.S. intelligence payloads from New Zealand until at least April 23, launch provider Rocket Lab confirmed April 6.
The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $167 million contract for 48 Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles on behalf of the service and the Navy, according to an April 7 Defense Department announcement.
The U.S. Air Force Academy class of 2020 will graduate on April 18—six weeks ahead of schedule and without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of the class of about 1,000 cadets who will be commissioned as lieutenants, 88 will join the U.S. Space Force, said Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond.
The U.S. Air Force has released video that includes a unique clip that an MQ-9 Reaper captured of militants firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a C-130 Hercules airlifter that was performing an air drop of cargo at relatively low altitude. In the full video, the drone's pilot and sensor operator, who later struck those hostile forces, also offer an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how the unmanned aircraft perform these kinds of armed overwatch missions.