Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Veterans Affairs Department officials reported nearly 5,000 active cases of coronavirus among patients under their care as of the morning of July 7, but VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said that threefold increase in cases over the last month doesn’t point to the department’s system being overwhelmed.
The 927th Air Refueling Wing sent eight medics to New York to be a part of 281 Air Force Reserve medical professionals who volunteered and saw more than 37,000 patients between mid-April and June. They sent an additional dozen aeromedical evacuation Airmen across the nation for other COVID-19 relief missions.
"The compromise still achieves Chairman Inhofe’s goal of giving the Department of Defense more direct involvement in the development of the NNSA [National Nuclear Security Administration] budget, but the final approval power still rests with the Secretary of Energy," Senate Armed Services Committee spokesperson Marta Hernandez says.
“Improved ODI [offense-defense integration] would go a long way to countering modern missile threats,” writes Brian Green, a senior, non-resident associate in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Missile Defense Project. “But ODI is not a panacea. A better appreciation of its benefits and challenges should give decisionmakers a better sense of how to proceed.”
Two women who had been attempting to enter the U.S. Air Force's combat controller and pararescue career fields since last fall were recently reclassified into other jobs after not meeting the rigorous battlefield Airman standards.
The German government has paid more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. troops in Germany, according to the finance ministry in Berlin. The ministry provided the figures in reply to a query from opposition Left Party lawmaker Brigitte Freihold.
The January U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a U.N. human rights investigator said on July 6. The United States has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike on Soleimani’s convoy as it left Baghdad airport, said Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions.
Israel said it successfully launched a new spy satellite into space on July 6 as its leaders hinted it was behind a massive fire at an Iranian nuclear site last week—potentially ratcheting up a long-running covert war.
Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, spoke via teleconference with Aviation Week editors in the run-up to what would have been the Farnborough Airshow.
The State Department has given the green light to five potential foreign military sales collectively worth nearly $8 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced July 6.
In a wide-ranging interview with C4ISRNET’s Nathan Strout, Brig. Gen. Rob Collins discussed the various efforts he’s led in intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors, the lessons he’s learned there, and how the Army is approaching multi-domain operations.
A Saginaw, Mich., native serving in the U.S. Air Force has earned military honors for saving the life of a woman in danger of drowning. Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Juarez received an Air Force Commendation Medal on June 24 for saving the woman in 2017 while he was on leave.
On September 13, 1985, an Air Force pilot pushed his F-15A into a steep climb at near-supersonic speeds as he prepared to launch into history. The pilot had prepared many months for what he was about to do: fire a heat-seeking missile towards a satellite the size of a 1969 Volkswagen as it hurtled through orbit at five miles a second. Basically, he was about to hit a bullet with another bullet, which would require absolutely perfect timing. But the pilot was ready for it.