Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Air Force has finalized the terms of a groundbreaking study sought by former fighter pilots to determine whether military aviators are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer. For more than a year, retired Air Force fighter pilots have pressed the service to look at the number of aviators who have either died from, or are fighting various types of cancers, and to look for potential causes.
The nation's top military officer wants a broader investigation into the events leading up to the firing of an aircraft carrier captain, after top Navy leaders recommended Capt. Brett Crozier be reinstated as commander of the virus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The U.S. Navy last week watched a single-seat Russian Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E come within 25 feet of a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft while at high speed and inverted, causing wake turbulence and putting the U.S. "pilots and crew at risk" over the Mediterranean Sea.
With the digital world as the primary option for reaching recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force Recruiting Service has created a digital means to shorten the time for potential new recruits to digitally upload their information on the path to joining the Air Force.
When the window for applications opens May 1, more than 7,000 enlisted airmen and officers will be asked to volunteer to give up their commission in the Air Force and transfer to the U.S. Space Force. Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the Space Force, said he expects a majority of those eligible to transfer will do so, and he is seeing great enthusiasm in the ranks about the opportunity to serve in the newest branch of the military.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a $5.8 million contract for satellite integration work for the Blackjack program, the company announced April 24. Blackjack is a project to deploy a constellation of 20 satellites in low Earth orbit by 2022 and demonstrate that a LEO system can provide global high-speed communications.
The Missile Defense Agency issued a long-awaited request for proposal today for its next-generation missile interceptor, eight months after the surprise cancellation of its multi-billion dollar attempt to replace the current, aging system.
Bot security and varying cloud infrastructure could make it tough for the Pentagon to spread RPA tools.
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An F-16 combat jet at Spangdahlem Air Base achieved a landmark 10,000 flight hours, nearly 27 years after it rolled off the production line and began flying for the 52nd Fighter Wing. The aircraft—Tail No. 343—is the first Block 50 Fighting Falcon in Europe and only the second F-16 in the U.S. Air Force’s inventory to reach the historic milestone, something maintainers hailed as a testament to its durability and their dedicated labor.
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed that “just-in-time” supply lines don’t always operate as they should. Fortune 500 companies use predictive analytics to improve their ability to deal with the unexpected—and now so do planners with U.S. Northern Command.