Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. military will reduce its footprint in Germany by nearly one-third after President Donald Trump ordered a dramatic drawdown in force levels from the key NATO ally, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The newspaper cited White House officials who said the move was outlined in a memorandum signed by White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien in recent days that has still not been made public yet.
The Pentagon is moving too slowly to spend money it’s been allocated to battle the coronavirus pandemic and is devoting millions of dollars to expenses that are not virus related, according to critics and a copy of the spending plans obtained by The Washington Post.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that the Air Force’s efforts to limit the coronavirus in its basic military training were a success. Just five cases were recorded as more than 10,000 recruits entered Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in a seven week period, according to a study compiled by researchers assigned to Lackland’s 59th Medical Wing and published this week in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Members of the U.S. military arriving in Hawaii will not be subjected to the state’s quarantine rule resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, but service members will follow a separate order restricting their movements.
An ongoing, massive overhaul of the Defense Health System that will send some non-military patients to civilian providers is built on incomplete or faulty data that could leave beneficiaries without access to quality care, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
‘Humbling’: Airman Earns Bronze Star After Providing Surgical Care for Over 600 Casualties in ISIS Fight
A special operations airman has been awarded a Bronze Star for his work on a battlefield surgical team during the fight against the Islamic State group, as the terrorists lost the last of their territory. Over the course of a six-month deployment in early 2019, Staff Sgt. Johnathan Randall provided surgical care for 644 combat casualties, assisted in 16 damage control surgeries, 46 resuscitations and 70 advanced procedures “at the most forward point of combat operations,” according to the military.
New Zealand said on June 5 that it will purchase five C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft from Lockheed Martin to replace its existing fleet. The first of the new Hercules will be delivered in 2024, with the full fleet operating from 2025.
One of U.S. Cyber Command’s major programs, Unified Platform, is expected to cost five times more than military officials originally estimated, according to a report from Congress’ watchdog agency. Unified Platform will consolidate and standardize the variety of big data tools used by Cyber Command and its subordinate commands to allow forces to share information more easily, build common tools and conduct mission planning and analysis.
Paul Welch, former vice president of U.S. business development for cyber and nonkinetic effects at Raytheon, has joined Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) as vice president and division manager for the Air Force and defense agencies portfolio.
On a good day, Nationals’ Park is a 30 minute drive from the Air Guard’s 113th Fighter Wing located at Andrews Air Force base, Md. As the crow flies, an F-16 can get from Andrews to the stadium in about 1 second for a game day flyover; or about the same amount of time it takes National’s closer Sean Doolittle’s fast ball to make it to home plate.