Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 600,000 Tricare users in the military health system's East Region received emails Friday asking them to consider donating blood for research as "survivors of COVID-19." But given that just 31,000 persons affiliated with the U.S. military have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, the email came as a surprise to beneficiaries.
Earth-observation company BlackSky announced July 21 it received a U.S. Air Force contract to monitor overseas U.S. military bases, detect outbreaks, and analyze the spread of COVID-19.
The indictment charges the defendants with conspiring to steal trade secrets from at least eight known victims, which consisted of technology designs, manufacturing processes, test mechanisms and results, source code, and pharmaceutical chemical structures. Such information would give competitors a market edge by providing insight into proprietary business plans and savings on research and development costs in creating competing products, the Justice Department announced July 21.
Chuck Beames, founder and chairman of the SmallSat Alliance and former principal director of space and intelligence systems in the Pentagon, discusses how the U.S. government can better partner with space industry to promote innovation and deliver lower-cost, more resilient space capabilities.
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, the No. 2 American military officer as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with National Public Radio on efforts to create a diverse force, the rising problem of sexual misconduct (as well as addressing allegations that were made against himself), and the military’s efforts to tackle and trace the coronavirus.
The Air Force's top general said he doesn't dwell on losing out on the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after President Donald J. Trump picked Army Gen. Mark A. Milley over him.
“The F-35 has not had a trouble-free path in its fielding—nor has any new combat aircraft,” writes retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “The reality is that each generation of combat aircraft push technology to the edge and this involves distinct challenges and a learning curve. The real question is whether the trends of mission capability, availability, unit, and operational costs are headed in the right direction. In the case of the F-35, this is certainly the case.”
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The Airman from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, who died on July 20 has been identified as Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arndt.
‘This Is Discrimination’: Germany Seeks Income Taxes from US Airman Because He's Married to Local Woman
Tax authorities are demanding a Ramstein-based Airman pay German income taxes because he is married to a local woman, setting up a potentially precedent-setting case that could have financial implications for scores of U.S. troops in the country. The move levies double taxation on an Airman who already pays U.S. income taxes and potentially threatens service members who marry Germans or take any number of steps to integrate into life outside the base gates.
U.S. Air Force F-15 squadrons lead the way when it comes to keeping the tradition alive of painting-up their aircraft while on deployment.