Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defense Department’s COVID-19 Task Force is leveraging data analytics and advanced modeling to heighten military readiness, taper uncertainty, and enable a more informed response throughout and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
"Ham-fisted U.S. policy has proven counterproductive in the past, and will likely continue to do so in the future," said Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the Naval War College.
Lt. Gen. David Thompson, the service’s vice commander, said the Defense Department is working with the White House and plans to work with Congress to help space companies that face bankruptcy.
As the Department of Defense and its allies attempt to stop Ligado from moving forward with plans the Pentagon says will harm the Global Positioning System, consensus is growing around the idea of an independent review of the testing the Department had completed for interference.
“The ABMS needs to evolve quickly, not conform to industrial-age requirements and schedules,” writes Heather Penney, senior resident fellow at the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
Vice Adm. Stuart Munsch, who currently leads the Navy's new warfighting directorate, will move to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Defense Department disclosed Munsch's nomination for the role of director for operational plans and joint force development, or J7, in a May 13 flag officer announcement.
Mollie Raymond is the wife of newly appointed Space Force Chief Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, making her the first military spouse in the newly created sixth branch of the military. Military Times freelance reporter Natalie Gross recently interviewed Raymond about what it’s like helping to shape a new branch.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
Air Force had three athletic programs recognized by the NCAA for their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). Football, women's gymnastics, and wrestling teams all ranked in the top 10 percent for their sport. The NCAA will release the scores for each sport later this month.
Air Force musicians teamed up with Japanese troops and a local high school band to record a music video intended to lift people’s spirits during the coronavirus pandemic. The project yielded a version of “Tank!,” the theme song for the popular Japanese anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop.” The Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia used social distancing to produce the project with a Tachikawa city FM radio station, Hamura city high-schoolers, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force musicians.