Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Korea blew up its joint liaison office with South Korea on June 16, in a dramatic and carefully planned display of rancor toward its southern neighbor. The act follows threats from Pyongyang, and signals what experts believe will be more provocations to come.
President Donald Trump has said he is ordering a major reduction in U.S. troop strength in Germany, from around 34,500 personnel down to 25,000. Members of his own party have criticized the move as a gift to Russia and a threat to U.S. national security. Germany is a hub for U.S. operations in the Middle East and home to its European command headquarters.
The Pentagon’s current top civilian leader in charge of special operations forces is leaving before his permanent replacement is confirmed by the Senate, the Defense Department has announced.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz have both signed on to a letter requesting Anchorage be considered for the headquarters of the United States Space Command. In the letter, the governor says he believes Anchorage meets the “minimum eligibility requirements and would earn a competitive score when assessed against evaluation criteria.”
“As a disruptor, SDA must be allowed to operate outside of legacy acquisition systems until it has had time to innovate, flourish, and deliver,” write SDA Director Derek Tournear, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, DOD Chief Technology Officer Mike Griffin, and Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Lisa Porter. “SDA will be the pilot program to show how we can incorporate new systems into our national security space enterprise through rapid and frequent delivery of updates and upgrades.”
The Veteran Experience Office has been instrumental in ensuring veterans’ voices are heard and acknowledged, even amid a global pandemic.
The U.S. Air Force says it plans to increase the amount of fluorochemical contamination that’s being removed from the groundwater at its former base in Oscoda after Michigan congressional delegates pushed for accelerated stopgap cleanup measures.
A provision in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s mark of the National Defense Authorization Act told the Navy to come up with a concrete plan for fielding next generation fighter aircraft, a move that comes months after congressional appropriators gutted 2020 funding for the Navy’s next-generation air dominance program, taking the requested $20.7 million and slashing it to $7.1 million.
A drone strike that killed two senior commanders of an al-Qaida-linked terror group in northwestern Syria likely employed a unique variant of the beloved Hellfire missile, according to video from the scene of the strike. The absence of an explosion and the pattern of damage to the roof and sides of the vehicle suggest that the drone didn't employ a conventional precision-guided munition but the R9X variant of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, a non-explosive weapon that can best be described as a 100-pound flying switchblade or an anvil covered in swords.