Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Returning to San Diego after Deployment Marked by Coronavirus Outbreak and Political Scandal
After almost six months at sea fighting a deadly coronavirus outbreak, a controversial change in command and international attention, the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier was scheduled to return to its home port in San Diego on July 9, The Chronicle has learned.
Army Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, the deputy chief of staff for Army intelligence, was one of a handful of candidates submitted by the military branches to Pentagon brass earlier this year to be the next director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The continuation of his rank was submitted to the Senate on July 1. The people who confirmed the appointment spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss information not yet publicly announced.
A group of more than 60 former military leaders and national security officials have written to Congress urging the extension of the U.S.-Russia New START arms control agreement, which is now the only deal restricting the nuclear armories of the two most heavily armed nations in the world.
The threat of the virus forced the Air Force to take new measures to adapt the crews overseeing U.S. arsenals of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“The United States is highly unlikely to regain its competitive advantage through like-for-like replacements of its legacy platforms with incremental improvements while remaining beholden to industrial age notions of warfare focused on individual weapon systems focused on inflicting attrition,” writes retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
A planned contract award to Raytheon for the GPS IIIF Operational Control Segment is delayed four months to February 2021, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced today. The presolicitation notice, released July 8, does not offer details on the reason for the delay. It follows a sources-sought notice issued in May 2019 that indicated the service would select OCX incumbent Raytheon to develop the follow-on capability.
Collins Aerospace, Raytheon Technologies, and the Technology Advancement Group were awarded contracts to develop Global Positioning System handheld devices for the U.S. military. The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center said on July 8 that the three companies collectively received $41.1 million to develop small handheld devices that will be used in field tests.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command would not identify the soldier, but confirmed that she graduated from the 53-week course in a ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to a USASOC release.
Decades After World War II, DOD Struggles to Clear Unexploded Ordnance at Navy, Air Force Bases on Guam
Roughly 11,000 bombs and other munitions were dropped on Guam in World War II, but never detonated. Decades later, the U.S. Defense Department is still struggling to clear out unexploded ordnance and other discarded munitions on the strategically vital South Pacific island used by the Navy and Air Force, according to a Defense Department Inspector General report released in June.
The War Zone reached out to the Space Force to try to get more information about the decision-making process, as well as what names it passed over in favor of deltas.