Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disinformation aimed at undermining the U.S. and NATO forces has surged in Europe as adversaries seize on the coronavirus pandemic in their attempts to create instability, Lithuania’s Defense Ministry said in a new report. There have been 807 cases of false or misleading information about the virus, much of it focused on Lithuania, since February, according to an analysis by the Lithuanian military’s strategic communication department.
There are currently coronavirus cases on 26 U.S. Navy warships, and another 14 have been hit by the virus but the crew members impacted have recovered, a senior Navy official told CNN April 22. The 26 ships with current cases are in port or maintenance yards, the official added.
The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned on April 23 that he has ordered his forces to potentially target the U.S. Navy after President Donald Trump’s tweet the previous day threatening to sink Iranian vessels. Iran also summoned the Swiss ambassador, who looks out for America’s interests in the country, to complain about Trump’s threat coming amid months of escalating tensions between the two countries.
About 770 small businesses in the defense sector participated in the survey, which the National Defense Industrial Association managed at the request of the Defense Department. The survey closed April 10.
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A third of the Pentagon’s jobs are missing a Senate-confirmed leader, and amid the coronavirus pandemic, there are new questions about how many of those roles can be filled before November’s presidential election. Of the Pentagon’s 60 positions that must be confirmed by the Senate, 20 jobs are empty, a spokesman from the Defense Department confirmed.
The Air Force has discovered a simple engineering change to the venerable KC-135 Stratotanker that could save up to $7 million a year. Using computer modeling, the Air Force realized it could increase the aerodynamic efficiency of the converted jetliner by one percent by changing the orientation of the windshield wipers. The increased efficiency translates into greater fuel savings.