Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members who mobilized to work in medical centers, man testing outposts, distribute supplies, and otherwise support their communities in pandemic response are authorized to receive the Armed Forces Service and/or Humanitarian Service medals, per a Defense Department memo signed June 30.
Why would Russia take such an escalatory step, some analysts have asked, when the Taliban were already killing Americans in Afghanistan of their own accord? For former senior diplomats to the region, the answer is likely simple: Russian President Vladimir Putin saw an opportunity to cause harm to the United States, and he took it.
The two top Democrats in Congress said July 2 that any threats to U.S. troops must be pursued “relentlessly,” rebuking President Donald Trump after receiving a highly classified briefing about intelligence that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
An amendment to the House version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill would move some funding for the secretive B-21 bomber program from its research and development account to procurement, a sign that production activities could be picking up. The amendment transfers $20 million into “Long Range Strike Bomber advanced procurement” and would “allow the program to begin some procurement activities ahead of schedule,” according to the legislation.
The Air Force and U.S. defense establishment are breaking down barriers and injecting speed, innovation, and creativity into the procurement system. Check out our new page to learn more about these efforts.
America's remote island outpost in the Pacific is an essential fallback point for pushing airpower west during a major conflict.
"On July 1st, the House Armed Services Committee derailed an effort to kill funding for the U.S. Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) replacement, the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)," write Adam Lowther, a professor at the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies; William Murphy, director of senior leader education for nuclear command, control, and communications at the Louisiana Tech Research Institute; and retired USAF Brig. Gen. Gerald Goodfellow, executive director of the Louisiana Tech Research Institute. "This was a big win for the Air Force because the arms control community has set its sights on GBSD and its primary target."
France has pulled out of a NATO naval mission in the Mediterranean in protest against a Turkish frigate allegedly switching on targeting radar on a French warship, plunging ties between two members of the military alliance to a new low.
“With the anniversary of the Battle of Britain upon us, reflecting on that time 80 years ago and where we are today, the similarities between the Royal Air Force of 1940 and that of 2020 are striking,” writes Kevin Billings, a senior visiting fellow at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “It is worth considering that now, as then, control of the air—and today space—remains the vital enabler of everything the total force does. As Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery observed, “If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war, and we lose it quickly.”
Kyle Kaiser and Mark Sayampanthan started Veteran Internships Providing Employment Readiness a year ago. VIPER helps connect veterans with internships and job training that leads to assured employment after being discharged.
Before the big nighttime fireworks show filled the skies above New York City, another boom of celebration could be heard as jets flew over the city. The Defense Department announced plans of a flyover event with aircraft from the Air Force and Marine Corps recognizing New York City's role "in the birth of this great nation." The event, expected in other major cities as well, was coined "Salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution."
Airport staff are not even sure where the cat—a friendly gray-and-white male—boarded the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane. The flight originated at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., but made a stop in Colorado Springs, Colo., before continuing on to Bangor International Airport in Maine.