Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writing for the court, Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley found that then-Air Force Secretary Michael Donley's policy change violated the existing Defense Department instruction, which said that an officer who was less than six years from retirement should be presumptively retained. She also said the guidance failed to indicate how retention board members should interpret "the best interests of the Air Force," making it confusing and unhelpful.
An issue that risks damage to the F-35’s tail section if the aircraft needs to maintain supersonic speeds is not worth fixing and will instead be addressed by changing the operating parameters, the F-35 Joint Program Office told Defense News in an April 24 statement. The deficiency, first reported by Defense News in 2019, means that at extremely high altitudes, the U.S. Navy’s and Marine Corps’ versions of the F-35 jet can only fly at supersonic speeds for short bursts of time before there is a risk of structural damage and loss of stealth capability.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammered Iran over its recent launch of a military satellite, dismissing claims from Tehran that its space program is intended for peaceful purposes.
For weeks, nurses and other employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals have said they were working with inadequate protective gear. Veterans Affairs Department officials denied it. But in an interview, the physician in charge of the country’s largest health-care system acknowledged the shortage—and said masks and other supplies are being diverted for the national stockpile.
The Army last week started using a prototype of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System to detect fever in soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. An adapted version of the digital thermal sensor in the augmented reality battlefield heads-up display is being used to "rapidly assess the temperature of hundreds of soldiers each day as they prepare for training on an installation that hosts thousands of soldiers in dozens of courses, including basic training and ranger school," according to an Army press release.
Capt. Ouma Laouali, the Nigerien air force’s first female pilot, accomplished the next step in her pilot career April 22, by completing her training to become a C-130 Hercules pilot in the C-130 Formal Training Unit’s six-month international pilot training program at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
The exercise highlighted Russia's ability to rapidly deploy special operations forces in the inhospitable Arctic and pretty much anywhere else.