“The Air Force and our new Space Force provide the airlift, strike capability, combat air patrols, unmanned aircraft, GPS, communications connectivity, and air- and space-based intelligence and surveillance for the joint force,” write retired USAF Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, Air Force Association president, and retired USAF Col. Keith Zuegel, AFA’s senior director of government relations. “The Air Force provides two-thirds of the nuclear triad, and the Space Force provides the nation’s missile warning capabilities. Without substantial investments, these forces will be hard-pressed to deter or defeat a peer enemy in the next decade.”
Gen. Timothy Ray, commander of Global Strike Command and the Air Force Strategic component commander for STRATCOM, joined retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, for a virtual discussion about everything from the effects of COVID-19 on strategic deterrence to the future of the Continuous Bomber Presence mission in an April 29 online installment of the think tank’s Strategic Deterrence Forum.
Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Acting Secretary of the Navy James McPherson, the Navy will conduct another investigation into Crozier’s ouster and the spread of COVID-19 aboard the carrier—a move that comes after Navy leadership reportedly backed reinstating Crozier to his command following the results of an initial review.
As the federal government considers another stimulus package to address the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said he doesn’t see a need for the Defense Department to receive extra funds.
The Space Acquisition Council, which includes senior leaders from the Pentagon and the National Reconnaissance Office, has made it a priority to assist space industry suppliers that are financially stressed by the new coronavirus crisis. But exactly what type of assistance will be offered is still to be determined, said the Department of the Air Force’s top procurement official Will Roper.
The Pentagon, using its authorities under Defense Production Act Title III, intends to award $75.5 million to Puritan Medical Products to increase production of medical swabs by 20 million per month starting in May.
A commander of the logistics readiness squadron at Osan Air Base, South Korea, has been removed from his post due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead. Lt. Col. Michael Kearney, commander of the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, was removed from his post by Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing commander, on April 28, according to a spokesperson from the 51st Fighter Wing.
Chinese authorities said they sortied ships and aircraft to “track, monitor, verify, identify, and expel” a U.S. warship from the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea on April 28, People’s Liberation Army officials said on Chinese social media. Navy officials confirmed to USNI News that guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the vicinity of the island chain off Vietnam.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is restoring more than half a billion dollars in funding for military construction projects in the U.S. that were put on hold to help fund President Donald Trump's border wall, and instead will take money from projects that are primarily overseas. The move, which is laid out in a memo dated April 27 and obtained by POLITICO, drew an angry response from Democrats, who say the administration is "trampling" on Congress' power of the purse.
The Pentagon's inspector general is evaluating whether the Defense Department and military services have adequate ground testing, evaluation facilities, and specialized chambers to support the nation’s spending surge on hypersonic weapons that fly faster than five times the speed of sound. The review, begun this month, is focused on the existing infrastructure for ground testing of the new weapons, not on their capabilities or on eventual flight tests on outdoor ranges.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
An experiment from the Defense Intelligence Agency shows that artificial intelligence and humans have different risk tolerances when data is scarce.