Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $688 million defense-industrial base fund is just one category within the $10.5 billion the Department of Defense received from Congress’ $2.1 trillion CARES Act package. The department submitted its 54-page spending plan to Congress on May 29 amid pressure from lawmakers after DOD had spent only 23 percent of that money weeks after it was signed into law in late March.
President Vladimir Putin on June 2 endorsed Russia’s nuclear deterrent policy, which allows him to use atomic weapons in response to a conventional strike targeting the nation’s critical government and military infrastructure. By including a non-nuclear attack as a possible trigger for Russian nuclear retaliation, the document appears to send a warning signal to the U.S. The new expanded wording reflects Russian concerns about the development of prospective weapons that could give Washington the capability to knock out key military assets and government facilities without resorting to atomic weapons.
Special Operations Command is in a “war for influence” with adversaires from non-state groups to state-funded information operations, the command’s top general said recently, and is rushing to fund artificial intelligence and machine learning programs to find an edge.
The Defense Department changed the current overseas tour length for DOD military personnel under COCOM (Title 10) authority assigned to permanent duty locations in the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq.
The 819th RED HORSE Squadron located at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.; the 820th RED HORSE Squadron located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; and the 823rd Red Horse Squadron located at Hurlburt Field, Fla. comprise the new group nested under Ninth Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded 27 companies spots on a potential five-year, $950M contract to develop and operate systems across ground, air, maritime, space, electromagnetic spectrum, and cyber domains in support of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control program.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff have released their vision and guidance for officer professional military education, calling for a change in philosophy and tightly tying performance to assignments.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has kicked off a hunt for new technologies aimed at combating travel-associated problems faced by warfighters and civilians on-the-go. The effort could facilitate treatments for a wide range of health issues, according to the project leader.