Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air University is hosting more than 1,100 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from universities around the country this summer for their required field training despite the coronavirus pandemic. That number is less than half the number of cadets that would normally show up for field training in a non-pandemic year, and it reflects the aggressive COVID-19 mitigation plan in place to ensure the health and safety of cadets, training staff, and military community.
DOD Awards $3.5 Million Contract to Crosstex International, Inc. to Increase Domestic Production of Surgical Masks
The $3.5 million investment would support capital investments to procure additional machine lines through the company’s longstanding partnership with its current domestic machine fabricator. The additional lines would increase Crosstex’s production by an additional 100 million surgical masks a year.
“Things are pretty bad right now in the Lone Star State,” writes recently retired Army officer Kris Alexander, whose final assignment was at U.S. Northern Command. “But the real pain is likely to come during hurricane season, when as many as 19 named storms are projected to hit.
The check flight in the United Kingdom brings the aircraft one step closer to returning to the United States and joining the rest of the team.
Ten years ago, the F-35 was still in crisis mode: With the flight-test fleet grounded for most of 2009, the supply chain was reeling. Ashton Carter, who was then the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, later acknowledged that proposals to cancel the program had been briefly considered during that period. In plotting the program’s next decade of development, a similar narrative of early struggles is becoming clear.
On July 13, the U.S. Space Force and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence successfully conducted a demonstration of the U.S. Protected Tactical Waveform over the U.K.’s SKYNET satellite system, showcasing PTW’s superior data rates and anti-jam performance. This collaboration was a pivotal first step in demonstrating the flexibility and compatibility of PTW over international partner SATCOM.
The Defense Innovation Unit picked Sierra Nevada Corp.’s “Shooting Star” spacecraft, originally designed to carry payloads to the International Space Station for NASA, as its “Unmanned Orbital Outpost” space station to test capabilities—and perhaps in future serve as on-orbit fuel stations or logistics hubs.
An airman assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, was declared dead on July 20 after being found unresponsive in their dorm room.
House appropriators have advanced a Veterans Affairs Department funding bill that would largely prohibit the department from using dogs for medical research, even for experiments the VA has said are vital to improve veterans' treatment options.
The Air Force Security Forces Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, has officially launched the Kennel Health Assessment 2.0 project to ascertain the holistic state of all of the kennels across the U.S. Air Force and ensure the well-being of all Military Working Dogs. The project was started in 2018 as KHA 1.0 by Master Sgt. Steven Kaun, the current Air Force MWD program manager.