Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For many military families, the summer of 2020 will go down as the most stressful overseas move yet, thanks to increased health concerns, financial strain, and unpredictable schedules, according to nearly a dozen service members and their family members interviewed by Foreign Policy.
American firm Raytheon Technologies and Israeli-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have formed a joint venture to build the Iron Dome missile defense system in the United States, the companies announced Aug. 3.
While continuing to train the nation's next generation of C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-46 Pegasus pilots, the 97th Operations Group has begun to enhance their training in a unique, yet modern way. By using emerging technology combined with the new standards for pilot training, the group has created the Virtual/Enhanced Reality Training, Innovation, and Generation Office program for pilot training.
Stephen Forbes has been tapped to lead the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack program, the agency said Aug. 4. DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office launched the Blackjack program in 2018 to demonstrate the value of small satellites in low Earth orbit as an alternative to the Pentagon’s large geosynchronous satellites.
"U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) has revealed evidence that Russia conducted a space-based anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test on July 15,” writes retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. "This is but the latest in a growing number of counter-space capability tests conducted by an ever-expanding number of countries, and flies in the face of our nation’s policy to not weaponize space. It is time to face reality."
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced an agreement Aug. 4 to design a prototype for the U.S. Space Force Electro-Optical Infrared Weather System, known as EWS.
Department of the Air Force officials recently announced changes to the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or AF COOL, program. Air and Space professionals will continue to receive funding for approved credentials, though funding for preparatory classes, boot camps, and coursework has been removed.
The Defense Business Board plans to meet online this week to talk about a mentor-protégé program it is assessing, according to a notice in the Aug. 4 Federal Register.
An Air Force squadron commander at Eielson Air Force Base died in a cycling incident near Fairbanks, Alaska, on Aug. 1. He was 37.
A production superintendent in a maintenance squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., died in a boating accident over the weekend, base officials said Aug. 3.
Almost a decade since we learned of the stealth Black Hawks used in the Bin Laden raid, we have seen no images of them or of their lineage, until now.