Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Acquiring the Air Force We Need,” a new entry in the Mitchell Forum short paper series by John "JV" Venable, assesses Air Force acquisition efforts based on strategy, budget analysis, security threats, and historical lessons. Venable asserts that after 28 years of downsizing, combat deployments, and funding challenges the Air Force lacks the capacity to meet the challenges laid out in the 2018 National Defense Strategy.
The Space Development Agency is soliciting bids to integrate a missile-warning sensor with a satellite bus and launch it to low Earth orbit by late 2021. The June 5 solicitation is for a “tracking phenomenology experiment” to develop sensor algorithms for a future missile detection network in space. Proposals are due July 6.
The almost 5,000 National Guard forces who were deployed to respond to protests in the nation’s capital following the death of George Floyd will be heading home, after their presence possibly avoided a constitutional crisis by preventing the ordering of Active-duty troops to police the District of Columbia.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and 30 fellow Democrats say they “insist” Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley appear before their committee to testify about the use of the U.S. military in quelling recent mass protests. The committee says the Pentagon’s top officials do not plan to appear this week as Smith had requested.
The Air Force should seriously consider standing up a new major command to combine intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and cyber operations for both the air and space domains, suggested the outgoing director of the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, said during an AFA Mitchell Institute event.
AFWERX is scheduled to host a digital Joint All-Domain Command and Control prototyping demonstration event during the weeks of June 15 and 22. The event, stemming from the aforenamed “Multi-Domain Operations Challenge,” will bring together 24 of the 30 invited companies with Air Force and government tech scouts, end users, contracting officers, and leadership.
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s next big space project will focus on “nontraditional orbits,” says the lab’s head of the Space Vehicles Directorate Col. Eric Felt, such as the area near the Moon and very low orbits where satellites need constant boosting to keep from plummeting back to Earth.
“AFVentures is our process to work with companies that — at least for now — are mainly targeting commercial success,” Will Roper, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said June 4 during a Dcode webinar. “It’s not perfect, but I think we’ve come a long way.”
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The 325th Fighter Wing and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center will host the first Virtual Industry Exchange on June 12 to explore possible mixed-use commercial development at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
FBI Probes Possible Link between Air Force Sergeant Suspected in Ambush Killing of California Deputy and Officer's Murder
An Active-duty U.S. Air Force sergeant suspected of wielding a rifle and improvised explosives in the ambush killing of a 38-year-old Northern California sheriff's deputy is also being investigated for a possible connection to the fatal shooting last month of a federal officer during a protest in Oakland, Calif., multiple sources told ABC News on June 7.
Because of the common moniker, the United States Space Force's first battle might be a trademark war—fought in court, rather than in space. Attorneys for the U.S. military have done little to secure the Space Force name as a registered trademark. Netflix, however, has been far more aggressive, and has already locked down the rights to the name in several countries.