Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
George Washington University’s partnership with a startup company and the U.S. Air Force will be able to process tens of thousands of coronavirus tests to the Defense Department, officials said. University President Thomas LeBlanc said he expects that the team will be able to administer between 30,000 and 50,000 tests a day for DOD through a scaling test methodology.
The number of active coronavirus cases among Veterans Affairs patients dropped nearly 10 percent in recent days as department officials outlined plans to reopen some hospitals for non-urgent needs and visitors in coming weeks. But some employees voiced concerns that those moves could be rushing facilities into normal operations before the virus threat has truly subsided, potentially risking the health of both patients and staff.
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Regional lawmakers in Germany are investigating why a finance office near Ramstein Air Base has stepped up efforts to collect income tax from American troops and military civilians, possibly breaching an international treaty that governs U.S. forces in the country.
A virtual conference held last week with more than 150 government and industry officials will issue a report next month recommending actions to shore up the U.S. space industrial base. The four-day “State of the Space Industrial Base 2020” program was led by the Defense Innovation Unit, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the U.S. Space Force. The nonprofit advocacy group NewSpace New Mexico organized the conference.
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SpaceX on May 6 was awarded an $8.9 million contract modification that gives the U.S. Space Force direct insight into the inner workings of the company’s commercial and civil space missions. The contract for “non-National Security Space fleet surveillance” gives the Space Force access to SpaceX missions until November.
A missile fired during an Iranian training exercise mistakenly struck a naval vessel instead of its intended target in waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, Iranian authorities said May 11. The bungled training exercises took place on May 10 and raised new questions about the readiness of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces amid heightened tensions with the U.S., just months after they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran, killing 176 passengers.
Syria has released a number of video clips showing some of its MiG-29 Fulcrum jets. The unusually high-resolution footage offers a close look at how these jets are faring after years of conflict and sanctions and it’s safe to say that they look pretty beat up.