Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Service members can expect another pay raise next year, despite the pressure on defense budgets from the trillions the government has already spent to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee said May 7.
VOX Space, the Virgin Orbit subsidiary focused on the national security market, has signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force that allows the company’s LauncherOne to fly missions from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is looking for ideas on how to improve the way it can use artificial intelligence technologies to predict when the Defense Department’s thousands of planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles need maintenance and repairs. The JAIC issued a request for information May 7 indicating it has run into challenges in its pathfinder project using AI to predict maintenance on H-60 helicopters and their T700 engines.
Joint All-Domain Command and Control is a way for the individual service C2 networks to "all have the same networking infrastructure to talk to one another," says Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear.
As U.S. unemployment reached its highest level since the Great Depression amid the coronavirus pandemic, some of America’s largest defense firms are hiring thousands of workers to build fast-flying missiles, satellites, and nuclear weapons.
Sen. Gary Peters is upset the Air Force says it's using $13.5 million allocated for cleaning up drinking water contaminants at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mich., to do further study, rather than "tangible" cleanup projects in the area. The funding was part of $60 million that Congress provided last year to the Defense Department to address contamination by certain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS at decommissioned military bases.
The Air Force Academy is starting to reopen some facilities and lift restrictions that were imposed to try to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Academy on May 11 will lift the “official business only” restriction, which was put in place March 23 and only allowed access to people who work or live on the installation or who needed medical services.
The Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, people familiar with the proposed pact told Reuters. The agreement would be the latest effort to cultivate allies around NASA’s plan to put humans and space stations on the moon within the next decade, and comes as the civilian space agency plays a growing role in implementing American foreign policy. The draft pact has not been formally shared with U.S. allies yet.