Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pentagon Report Says Russia Working with Taliban, Others to Expedite U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
While the U.S. military has long accused Moscow of maintaining links to the Taliban, the latest Pentagon assessment comes amid ongoing scrutiny about the Trump administration's response to intelligence indicating that Russian operatives had offered bounties to Taliban linked militants for killing U.S. and U.K. service members in Afghanistan.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) proposes requiring the Government Accountability Office to complete a report on federal agencies’ procurement of equipment from certain Chinese companies, or entities using such equipment, which was blacklisted in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019.
The systems fall into three categories: fixed and semi-fixed systems, mobile mounted systems, and handheld dismounted systems, the Army said.
The AFWERX Fusion 2020 Base of the Future will be virtual this year in response to the current global health crisis. The annual Fusion event will be held July 28-30 and will feature more than 300 teams from the public and private sector participating in the Base of the Future Showcase to present their innovative solutions to Air Force leadership and key military decision-makers and operators.
This was the first time SpaceX recovered a booster following a National Security Space Launch mission.
‘Minutes, Not Months’: Texas‑Based Hypergiant Partners with USAF on Satellites That Update in Real Time
A fleet of mini-satellites working together in space will update actions and tasks ‘on the fly’ based on emerging scenarios and mission needs, says CEO Ben Lamm. That’s something that’s never been done before.
Northrop Grumman has secured a single-award contract extension from the U.S. Air Force for Mobility Air Force Distributed Mission Operations. Under the $64 million contract, Northrop Grumman will continue as the Operations and Integration prime contractor to provide a distributed training solution for training missions. These cyber-secure solutions will include virtual air refuelling, formation flight, airdrop and tactical training for Air Mobility Command crews.
Sen. Angus King, co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, thinks a cyber threat could be as dangerous—or worse—than the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate Armed Services Committee is listening and has incorporated 11 of the commission’s recommendations in the 2021 NDAA, with another 18 ready to be introduced as amendments.
Animal rights advocates with the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced their displeasure with the U.S. Air Force Academy in a June 30 letter denouncing the use of live falcons as the academy’s mascot.
In honor of the first women who became USAF pilots, Air Education and Training Command officials renamed the Martin Hall Conference Room in its command headquarters main building the “Trailblazer Room” during a virtual ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on June 29. “The women of class 77-08 truly broke barriers,” said AETC Commander Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, who presided over the ceremony. “They lived the fact that glass ceilings were a reality simply because they were women. These trailblazers paved the way for future generations of female pilots and their influence on our Air Force is still felt today.”
As tensions in the Pacific Theater continue to increase, the U.S. military is flexing its muscles and reminding its potential enemies that it can reach out over vast distances and put boots on the ground on an island within a very short amount of time. Case in point, an emergency deployment readiness exercise that just saw paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Alaska descend onto Guam via airdrop from C-17 Globemaster III transports.