Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 146 patients hospitalized in U.S. military medical centers for the novel coronavirus, one-third are in intensive care units, including a sailor from the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt who remains at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.
It’s too early to know how the new coronavirus pandemic could impact ongoing Air Force efforts to decrease the pilot shortage, the head of Air Education and Training Command said April 10. “Well, it’s not helping,” said AETC Commander Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, who acknowledged that the service’s undergraduate pilot training capacity has been reduced due to the spread of COVID-19.
Eight special tactics airmen received awards following a three-month deployment with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan last summer, according to the 24th Special Operations Wing. The airmen were part of a joint task force that accomplished 129 direct action raids and 153 kinetic strikes over a 105-day rotation.
A group of Republican senators led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is urging the Trump administration to "scrutinize" any transaction or investment the Chinese government or its state-controlled companies are making in the U.S. industrial base that could "undermine" national security.
“We’re looking at ways to keep connected to our local community and support the mission of our Public Affairs teams,” said Tech. Sgt. Kelcey McDonald, non-commissioned officer in charge of productions with the Air Force Band of Flight. “We’re currently working on three different campaigns all of which are of band members working from home.”
An Atlanta-based company has established a new virtualization ecosystem that can support and test technologies for the Space Force and other commercial service providers. Envistacom believes its new Transport Virtualization Ecosystem can streamline the Space Force’s vision to develop satellite communication technologies without lengthy development cycles, a company executive said.
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, based in San Diego, Calif., has opened a spacecraft development, integration, and test factory in Centennial, Colo., the company announced April 9. A longtime defense contractor, General Atomics in recent years has expanded its space business after acquiring two small satellite manufacturers.
Report Released on French Rafale Passenger’s Accidental Ejection Reveals Both Human and Technical Failures
You may recall an unusual incident from Mar. 20, 2019, when a civilian passenger riding in a two-seat Armée de l’Air Dassault Rafale ejected from the aircraft while the pilot flying remained at the controls, despite his canopy being jettisoned, and managed to make an emergency landing. The report from the incident has just been released by French officials, and it makes for bizarre reading.