Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Gen. David L. Goldfein’s service as 21st Chief of Staff comes to a close, his bond to Airmen remains strong.
“This is the fourth quarter of the budget season, so Congress should recognize and support both services now—before it’s too late,” writes retired Air Force Col. Keith Zuegel, the Air Force Association’s former senior director of government relations.
After failing to secure a Senate confirmation hearing, U.S. President Donald Trump’s most divisive nominee for a Pentagon position so far has taken a different, less-senior policy role at the Defense Department, a spokeswoman said on Aug. 2.
After years of working various jobs related to security cooperation, Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper took over the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency in August 2017. It was an appointment that coincided with a major push by the Trump administration to increase weapon sales as an economic driver. Three years later, as he gets ready to retire, Hooper sat down with Defense News for an exclusive exit interview.
New initiatives in planning could require training to root out unconscious bias surrounding motherhood in the military and support postpartum mothers, including removing barriers that limit their careers.
“We trust our Airmen,” said Air Combat Command boss Gen. James M. Holmes, “and we wanted to make sure they know everything we know about our recent accidents. Our recent mishaps involved multiple aircraft types and pilot experience levels. While it’s too early to conclusively identify common causes or themes between events, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb (the AETC [Air Education and Training Command] commander) and I thought it was important for AETC and ACC to engage our leaders and instructor force and hear their concerns.”
‘Be a Bro’: How a Commander’s Sexism Derailed This Pilot Training Class—and Brought Down AETC Leaders
The investigation, obtained by Air Force Times through the Freedom of Information Act, provides more context to the misconduct and leadership failures that led to the abrupt firing of three commanders in October 2018, including the former wing commander of the 47th.
Details of the first of two mostly secret initiatives to support the U.S. Air Force’s five-year-old pursuit of a sixth-generation successor to the Lockheed Martin F-22 are now released and reveal that a critical technology for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program could become flightworthy by mid-2025.
Raytheon Intelligence & Space is designing a prototype weather satellite for the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center that draws heavily on technology from the firm’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer.
The Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, the organization that includes the famous TOPGUN school, has received its first F-35C Lightning II. The aircraft touched down at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., on July 30, emblazoned with the iconic lightning bolt tail flash and TOPGUN badge, albeit in predictably toned-down form, as is standard for U.S. 5th generation fighters.
Officials just launched a public challenge to help create the artificial intelligence needed to turn the planet’s magnetic fields into readable maps.