Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. National Archives says that 58,220 American soldiers died in the Vietnam conflict, which began in 1955 and ended in 1975. COVID-19 has now claimed more lives in the U.S. since it officially arrived in the country in January, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Just one day after the U.S. surpassed China to become the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency updated its assessment of the origin of the novel coronavirus to reflect that it may have been accidentally released from an infectious diseases lab, Newsweek has learned.
Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) on April 28 introduced a bill that would waive prescription copays for military personnel and their families amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would “give the Secretary of Defense the authority to waive TRICARE copays on prescription drugs during a public health emergency or national emergency,” Luria said in a statement, referring to the military healthcare system managed by the Defense Department.
“The nation faces a bomber crisis, and it is time to openly acknowledge the scale and scope of the problem,” write retired USAF Maj. Gen. Larry Stutzriem, director of research at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and Doug Birkey, the think tank’s executive director.
The U.S. military is looking for contractors that can design and build an alternative taxiway at Erbil Air Base in northern Iraq, according to a market research notice published on the U.S. government's System of Awards Management website on April 26.
Ever since the U.S. military became an all-volunteer force, a preconception has existed among many Americans that those who choose to join the armed services do so because they have no other options. That is the hypothesis of two studies released this year. Both debunk that stereotype, finding that the military is much more diverse—and troops have much more varied reasons for signing up—than some have assumed.
The Navy appears to be taking extra precautions to ensure the next aircraft carrier crew getting underway doesn't see a repeat of the health crisis playing out on another ship in the Pacific.
The Air Force Association’s 2019 National Teacher of the Year Michael Vargas of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz., has been named a 2020-2021 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Vargas will join 14 other K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers selected from across the U.S. to spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or Congressional office in Washington engaged in national STEM education policy.
The U.S. Navy has officially acknowledged three incidents reported by F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots of "unidentified aerial phenomena"—what most refer to as UFOs—and released video of the encounters.