Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pentagon on April 13 announced a $415 million contract for 60 machines that will stretch the use of dwindling N95 masks, allowing the scarce personal protective equipment to be disinfected and reused up to 20 times.
While the novel coronavirus outbreak is "not helping" the U.S. Air Force's troubling, years-long pilot shortage, the head of the service's training command is hopeful some may have a change of heart and return during this difficult time.
A barrage of North Korean missiles fired from both the ground and fighter jets splashed down on the waters off the country’s east coast on April 14, South Korea’s military said, a show of force on the eve of a key state anniversary in the North and parliamentary elections in the rival South.
State Department OKs Potential $675M FMS of Follow-On Support, Services for South Korea’s F-35 Fleet
The State Department has approved a potential $675 million Foreign Military Sale of follow-on support and services for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s growing fleet of conventional take-off and landing F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, as well as related engines, weapons, and other equipment.
The Defense Department is creating a new advisory group to provide impartial advice and insights on space technology, innovation, and strategy, according to an April 4 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist. According to the memo, a Space Advisory Committee will be created under the Defense Innovation Board, a panel of business leaders, scholars, entrepreneurs, and technologists led by Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Alphabet.
The Navy plans to test its developmental hypersonic missile from a submarine by the mid-2020s, and is pushing the burgeoning program through a series of static tests this year to demonstrate technologies as it gears up to equipping its Virginia-class submarines with the weapon.
The Defense Department Office of Inspector General on April 13 announced it would begin auditing the Navy's airborne support for the "survivable nuclear command and control system" as well as the service's maritime patrol aircraft fleet.
At least one of the military services says it's looking for members of the Individual Ready Reserve to come back into the fold—and the call goes beyond just those who served in medical specialties.
U.S. Air Force Conducts an “Elephant Walk” Show of Force in Guam as China Increases Presence in the Pacific
While the most spectacular “Elephant Walks” often feature dozens upon dozens of aircraft, the giant bombers stationed at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base was a lesson in how less can sometimes be more.