Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's the latest blow to a panel that has struggled to get up and running, and which is supposed to monitor a $500 billion relief fund.
A captain assigned to the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 2 died in August 2019 shortly after taking her annual fitness assessment at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., due to complications related to the sickle cell trait, accident investigators found. The captain was aware she had the sickle trait, had received the appropriate counseling, did not report any concerning symptoms prior to the test, and had completed the rest of the assessment without any difficulty, according to the report, which was released July 14.
Lawmakers from the Senate and the House have in the last three years sought to use legislation to prevent the president from pulling troops from Afghanistan, Syria, South Korea, and now Germany—unless the administration certifies that a withdrawal will not harm U.S. or allied interests. It’s an unusual reversal for Congress, which historically is far more likely to seek to force a return of American troops, not demand that they remain deployed.
The United States delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu, Japan, on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military.
A new virtual reality trainer is one step closer to potentially transforming the way B-52 Stratofortress student pilots train for combat. The Virtual Reality Procedures Trainer, released during a milestone demonstration of its capabilities on July 7 at STRIKEWERX in Bossier City, La., may even change the entire Air Force bomber community’s approach to training.
The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently completed a round of tests of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Gray Wolf” prototype cruise missile at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Gray Wolf is a DOD-directed prototype production and demonstration of low-cost, subsonic and networked collaborative cruise missiles. The missiles are designed to launch in a swarm to target enemy integrated air defense threats.
Watch Uzi Rubin, the founder and first director (1991-1999) of the Israel Missile Defense Organization in the Israel Ministry of Defense, discuss the Iranian missile threats to the Middle East region and U.S. and allied interests in a virtual AFA Mitchell Institute Nuclear Deterrence Forum.
Airmen and Space Force members whose names contain accent marks or hyphens will soon be able to purchase accurate name tapes and tags, while qualifying male airmen will be newly able to receive five-year shaving waivers, the U.S. Air Force announced July 10. Those changes are part of a series of updates to the service's dress and appearance policy aimed at "creating a more inclusive culture," officials said.
Veterans Affairs COVID Cases Reach Highest Levels Yet, but Hospitalization Rates Keep Heading Downward
Veterans Affairs hospitals hit their highest levels of active coronavirus cases this week, but department officials say the hospitalization rates of those patients has also reached its lowest levels since the start of the pandemic.
The U.S. Air Force is participating in a program launched by the Defense Department to collect convalescent plasma from COVID-19 patients to be used as a possible treatment for the virus.
See photos of an F-16, piloted by Lt. Col. Jeremy "Clutch" Castor, from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, as it takes flight on the Fighting Falcons first-ever flight with the Legion Pod.
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee in a report released July 13 blasts the U.S. Space Force for not having a dedicated civilian leader in charge of acquisitions. The committee is “most concerned that the Department of the Air Force has no Senate-confirmed senior civilian leader solely focused on space with authority over acquisition, budget, and long-term planning,” says the report accompanying the fiscal year 2021 funding bill for the Defense Department.
In partnership with AFWERX, Air Force Operational Energy has launched an Airmen Powered by Innovation Challenge to solicit ideas on how to optimize aviation fuel for the Air Force, enabling greater combat capability, range, and more efficient operations. The challenge is open to Airmen of all ranks and occupations and is accepting submissions on a rolling basis.