Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The war powers resolution was passed in March, but wasn’t formally sent to the White House until just this week.
With the selection of Mustafa Khadimi, Iraq has its first real government in more than five months. He will confront an array of daunting problems.
Nuclear Weapons Treaty's Chief Negotiator Fears Coronavirus Crisis Could Mean End of Russia-U.S. Arms Control Deal
The chief negotiator of the New START treaty fears the nuclear arms control deal with Russia could end up "simply going away" as attention is diverted to handling the novel coronavirus pandemic. Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Rose Gottemoeller told Newsweek that she was "concerned" about the deal lapsing if it is not paid more attention before it expires early next year.
Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, a retired member of the Iowa National Guard and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has proposed that service members deployed for COVID-19 response get hazardous duty pay.
Veterans Affairs officials are again warning veterans who were exposed to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan that they could face additional risks from respiratory complications related to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Several industry associations and lawmakers in recent weeks have called on Treasury to waive the affiliation rule so struggling startups can get emergency aid. But Treasury has pushed back out of concern that changing the rule for venture-owned startups would subvert the intent of the Small Business Administration’s loan program that was created to help independently owned small businesses.
As the U.S. continues down the perilous path to peace in Afghanistan a number of spoilers threaten to upend America’s goal to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and end its longest war. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters May 5 that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments inked between the U.S. and the militant group in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29.
When a teammate is struggling with depression, mental health, or other psychological issues, it can have a debilitating effect on the entire team. During a military operation, those issues, if left unaddressed, can lead to mission failure, injury, and death. To prevent mental health issues from becoming a problem on the battlefield, the Defense Innovation Unit—a team within the Defense Department that taps nontraditional contractors to bring the latest technologies to the military—wants to develop predictive artificial intelligence that can flag behavior changes in a service member.
The Army’s Program Executive Office for Aviation is seeking white papers from industry on readily available technology to address future force challenges. A May 5 request for information says the "demands of increased threats, the rapid pace of technology change, and reduced budgets compel the use of more innovative approaches for exploring and integrating mature technologies and capabilities into Army Aviation formations."
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
The team is slated to transition to the Super Hornet for the 2021 air show season.
The history of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, along with the prototypes that came before it, reveals not just the military's long-standing fascination with mechanized warfare, but also its inability to radically transform the standard tactical kit that’s been a staple of American troops for decades.
On May 8, Second Lady Karen Pence will speak at an online town hall being hosted by the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative to commemorate Military Spouse Appreciation Day. You can register to attend the event, which will run from 3-4 p.m. EDT, here.