Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 740 military personnel were dispatched to Texas and California after the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested Defense Department assistance in tamping down the coronavirus pandemic that has once again surged in those states and forced governors to reconsider their reopening plans. Military personnel from the Army, Air Force, and Navy will be operating under the direction of U.S. Army North, the land component for U.S. Northern Command.
The Aerospace Industries Association sent a letter, signed by dozens of defense executives, to Capitol Hill seeking reimbursement funding for defense contractors. The letter, dated July 14, notes that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act includes Section 3610, "which authorized the reimbursement of extraordinary and unanticipated costs arising from COVID-19."
As new opportunities for fighter engine upgrades and Boeing B-52 engine replacements come up for grabs, Aviation Week Editors talked with Matthew Bromberg, president of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines business, about the company’s priorities for seeking growth amid a disruptive health pandemic.
Air Force acquisition head Will Roper is worried the ever-shrinking U.S. defense industrial base may force DOD to nationalize major programs in the not-so-distant future—expressing surprise that other senior leaders are not more concerned.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
Golden Horde introduces swarm tactics to guided munitions—but it also lets the weapons make real decisions.
The U.S. Space Force successfully launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office aboard a Minotaur IV rocket at 9:46 a.m. EST on July 15 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Navy Force Master Chief John J. Perryman IV, currently assigned as the force master chief of the United States Submarine Forces - Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., has been selected to assume responsibility from Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Patrick F. McMahon as the command senior enlisted leader for the U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has signed a £65 million contract to build the UK’s first three Protector aircraft—the first UK operated system capable of strike missions anywhere in the world. After a successful development phase, Protector is set to enter service by mid-2024, meaning that the Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) will deliver a step-change in capability for the Royal Air Force.
A local nonprofit that provides training and jobs to residents with disabilities has been chosen by the federal government to continue to make cargo nets for the U.S. Air Force with the renewal of a multi-million dollar contract.
The episode takes a new look at what China means to American voters, and how opinions and perceptions about China have changed since President Donald J. Trump took office three and a half years ago.
The video shows J-10 pilots going at it in air-to-air combat up-close and personal while speaking English and using western brevity codes.
Washington’s NFL Team Could Be Renamed the ‘Red Tails.’ Real Tuskegee Airmen Have Mixed Feelings About That
As fans and other observers mull the possibilities for that new name, the “Red Tails” idea has gained some favor: in a Yahoo poll, 28% of the respondents said they favored “RedTails,” which was top vote-getter over Warriors, Hogs, Generals and others. According to one betting site, the “Redtails” are the odd-on favorites to prevail, at 3 to 1. Fans have already come up with a compelling helmet and logo designs.