Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pentagon said July 24 it is investing $77.3 million in three different companies to "sustain and strengthen essential domestic industrial base capabilities and defense-critical workforce in the aviation, rare earth materials, and electronics industries."
President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive for COVID-19 but the White House said his infection poses no risk to the President or Vice President Mike Pence.
Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with the United States, satellite photographs released on July 27 show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills.
An American F-15 fighter jet flew about 1,000 meters from an Iranian passenger airliner over Syria, while conducting what it called a “standard visual inspection” of the aircraft, officials from U.S. Central Command said.
OPINION: Gen. Jeff Harrigian: Air Superiority Is Fundamental for USAF, but Our Enemies Are Gaining Ground
“The U.S. Air Force is a powerful force today,” writes Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who commands U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa and Allied Air Command, and directs the Joint Air Power Competence Centre in Kalkar, Germany. “If it is to remain so, prioritized investment is required. Failure to do so will cost our nation its edge over our adversaries.”
This might seem to defy logic, but the elite group of men and women who have flown the bat-winged B-2 Spirit accept the reasons for phasing it out when a next-generation bomber comes on line.
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The Air Force’s chief software officer provided insights into the operation of Platform One, a project at the beginning of what could be a profound transformation for cybersecurity.
“Comparing a dollar spent on the Vietnam-era military with a dollar spent on today’s military fails to account for the extraordinary changes in military affairs over the intervening half-century—not only in technology, but also in the cost of talent and expectations for how we treat those in uniform,” writes Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow Dakota Wood. “With the exception of the venerable M2 Browning .50-caliber heavy machine gun, introduced in 1933, every piece of weaponry, equipment, and platforms has become more complex, more lethal, and more capable. It is naive to think that one can blindly compare past and present defense investments simply by accounting for inflation and completely ignoring the impact that technologies have had on the conduct of military affairs.”
When the U.S. Air Force introduced a new survey earlier this month that asked Airmen to describe racial injustice or bias they'd witnessed or experienced during their careers, leaders figured they'd get a lot of feedback. But they didn't expect that thousands would come forward with stories.
13 years after it was first spotted, the RQ-170 still lives a secretive life. So, returning to its place of birth in broad daylight is a bit shocking.