Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matthew Donovan, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, took part in a virtual discussion with retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, for the April 28 installment of the think tank's "Aerospace Nation" series.
Of 325 Active-duty suicides in 2018, Soldiers and Marines took their own lives at 150 percent the rate of Sailors and Airmen, according to a report released April 27 by the Defense Department.
U.S. Air Force top procurement official Will Roper said he is gratified that an independent market study made public April 28 lends support to the decision to select two launch providers for the national security space launch program. “In a perfect world, we absolutely would continue with more providers” but that is not financially possible, Roper told reporters April 29 during a video conference.
With thermal vacuum testing having begun April 16, the next space-based missile warning satellite has reached a major milestone, the Space and Missile Systems Center announced.
The other OC-135 jet is in testing after receiving badly needed new digital cameras, but is years away from getting re-certified as treaty compliant.
A safety investigation is underway after a man working on an elevator team died April 27 from injuries sustained at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Taylor Lewis, 26, was working as a second-year apprentice as part of an elevator team with a company named thyssenkrupp when he was found unresponsive, according to a news release shared on social media by many local chapters of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, a labor union.
Boeing's chief executive said April 29 the company has begun cutting employees, seeking to reduce its headcount by about 10 percent. In a letter to employees, David Calhoun said the company is facing a decline in its production rates and the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
For the first time in 12 years, Boeing executives expect the company’s defense and space unit to outperform its commercial airplane business, which is reeling from coronavirus and 737 Max losses. Boeing’s defense business has not outperformed its commercial side since 2008, when the commercial market was still recovering from post-9/11 declines and U.S. defense spending spiked during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Severe staffing shortages, infighting, and lack of comprehensive planning for infrastructure improvements would have handicapped the multibillion-dollar project, the inspector general said.
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson will be one of the presenters for the first-ever Air Force Virtual Women’s Fly-In, which will be held live on the Columbus AFB Facebook page from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. central time May 11, 2020. With a nod to female aviation pioneers as the backdrop, the event, which is open to all Airmen regardless of gender or career field, helps Airmen create networks to learn more about experiences, leadership, and life.