Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defense Department and the Department of Health and Human Services—using an other transaction authority contract through Army Contracting Command—want to ensure therapeutic COVID-19 treatments can move from prototype to large-scale manufacturing and are developing a program to demonstrate such capabilities.
More than 2,040 VA patients have died from complications related to the virus since early March, when the first death at a department medical center was reported. That total translates into about 17 patient deaths a day for the last four months.
Investigators at the National Archives have taken steps to make their research resources more available to federal and local law enforcement to deal with what they suspect is an uptick in "stolen valor" cases to obtain benefits or loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson stepped into his new job as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in July 2016, he arrived as a “man of action” with more than 4,600 flying hours, including 680 combat hours, a former Global Strike commander and deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command, among other distinctions. That record is worth noting now, when, by punching in for work July 26, Wilson began his fifth year in the job, thus becoming the longest serving vice chief of staff in Air Force history.
U.S. and U.K. defense agencies plan to award $1 million to startups at the first International Space Pitch Day in November during the Defence Space Conference in London. The event, backed by the U.K. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Royal Air Force, U.S. Space Force, and NATO, is designed to identify commercial technology with military space applications.
The U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 and EA-18G fleets have experienced a dramatic turnaround. In 2017, less than half of the Navy’s Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets were able to fly. Now, 80% of its carrier-based fighters are ready for missions. The solution involved fixing a single component within the General Electric F414 engine.
The famous flight demonstration team is set to get a total of 18 Super Hornets to replace its existing F/A-18 Hornets by the end of the year.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced July 28 he has placed a hold on the nomination of Mike O'Rielly for another term as a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission until O'Rielly publicly commits to vote to overturn the FCC's decision to approve Ligado Networks' L-band network.
The Senate voted to subsidize domestic manufacturers of vital computer components. Will national security concerns overcome a longstanding aversion to government-led industrial policy?
Schriever Air Force Base’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron, the providers of GPS signals to billions of users worldwide, made history July 23 when a crew of eight women space operators gained satellite control authority of satellite vehicle number 76.