Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The White House briefed eight House Republicans on intelligence that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants who targeted U.S. troops for assassination, according to Trump administration officials and congressional sources. Noticeably absent from the briefing, which are traditionally bipartisan affairs, were any Democrats, despite controlling both House panels. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is expected to bring a group of Democratic members to the White House for a briefing Tuesday at 8 a.m. EDT.
Iran’s government has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump over the killing of its top commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in January, the country’s semiofficial Fars news agency reported June 29.
Coronavirus cases have accelerated among Air Force recruits in San Antonio since the service ramped up testing five weeks ago, including a recent spike of 13 cases in one week.
L3Harris Technologies has secured a 10-year, $900M contract to help the U.S. Air Force design, produce, deploy, and sustain a common architecture for training simulators.
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William K. Lescher signed a Memorandum of Agreement June 24 transferring the lead responsibility of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., from the Navy to the Air Force. While the base will remain under Navy authority until the new fiscal year in October, the memorandum signature signifies the next milestone in the transfer process. “More than half of the mission sets on JBAB fall under the Air Force, so it made sense for us to assume the responsibility for prioritizing installation and mission-support resourcing at the base,” Wilson said.
So far, Iran says it officially limits the maximum range of its ballistic missiles to 2,000 km; sufficient to reach Israel and Saudi Arabia, the stated foes of the Iranian regime. The U.S. government maintains that Iran’s Satellite Launch Vehicle development is a cover for building long-range ballistic missiles and this analysis does not contradict that assertion.
For the better part of two decades, U.S. military operations in Somalia have been shrouded in secrecy. In 2002 or 2003, President George W. Bush sent Special Forces and CIA officers to Somalia to capture or kill members of al-Qaeda believed to be responsible for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In January 2007, the Bush administration carried out its first airstrike against suspected members of al-Qaeda in Somalia using an AC-130 gunship. Four and a half years later, the United States, under President Obama, launched its first publicly acknowledged drone strike in Somalia. From 2012 to the end of the Obama administration, the U.S. Africa Command, which oversees operations in Somalia, publicly declared it had conducted a grand total of 33 airstrikes in Somalia (15 more strikes have also been alleged, though not confirmed).
National Guard Says F-16s Circled Madison Airport After Warning Light Malfunction; Jet Landed Safely
Two F-16 fighter jets circled the Madison airport at low altitude Tuesday after a faulty warning light led a Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot to cancel his planned mission. According to a statement from the Wisconsin Air National Guard, the pilot landed safely after a caution light went on during a routine flight from Truax Field.
From March 2014 to Sept. 2017, Johnson, a travel coordinator in the Office of the Air Force Secretary, allegedly used a government-issued Citibank card to obtain over $1.1 million in cash advances at Bank of America branches in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., wrote U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.
A lucky Buddha figurine, a flight suit, several 3-cent stamps, a crumpled 1952 Mass schedule for St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C., and 480 bags containing individual human remains. Those were among the items recovered this month from Alaska’s Colony Glacier, where an annual somber search continues for human remains and debris after a military plane crashed 67 years ago, officials said Friday.