Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent interview aired on “Axios on HBO,” President Donald J. Trump spoke with Axios National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan about topics including the COVID-19 crisis, U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan, China, and Russia.
Goldfein, 60, will step down as Chief of Staff of the Air Force and retire on Aug. 6. He will be replaced by Gen. Charles Brown Jr., a fellow fighter pilot who has commanded Pacific Air Forces for the past two years, during an Air Force ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosted an "Aerospace Nation" talk on Aug. 5 featuring the authors of the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC) Global Futures Report. The report lays out four scenarios to shape how the Defense Department and the Department of the Air Force can think of national security in unconventional, perhaps unlikely ways. Lt. Col. Jake Sotiriadis, AFWIC’s chief of strategic foresight and futures, and others discussed how the U.S. Air Force can adopt a flexible, forward-looking strategy and how that helps the service pursue the resources it needs.
Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Red Flag-Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, both started on Aug. 3, 2020, albeit with a smaller than usual numbers of participating aircraft. It marks the first of these major training events since the huge Red Flag 20-2 was halted early in March after a visiting NATO airman was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Pentagon’s new space agency is working to develop a network of satellites in low Earth orbit to serve as the eyes and ears of military forces in the field. While typically it would take the Defense Department a decade to field such systems, the Space Development Agency plans to have satellites in orbit within two years. Derek Tournear, director of the SDA, said the agency selected as its motto “semper citius”—Latin for “always faster”—to emphasize the idea that putting good-enough capabilities in the hands of troops soon is preferable to delivering the perfect solution too late.
The Senate Armed Services Committee on Aug. 4 approved the president's nominees to run U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Space Command.
Laser-armed Strykers, new Eastern European batteries, and sea-based interceptors are all coming in the next two years, Pentagon officials say.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be crucial to NRO’s efforts to use large constellations of small satellites in the future to fill the huge appetite within the Intelligence Community and the military services for remote sensing data, Director Chris Scolese says.
For Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, digital transformation was never just about the cloud. This is why making the Air Force’s dev/sec/ops program, known as Platform One, a DOD-wide, enterprise-wide service is an important milestone.
The Navy and Marine Corps identified the location of the amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of San Clemente Island last week using a remotely operated search and rescue system.
Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron delivered equipment and supplies to Managua, Nicaragua, July 26 during a Denton Program mission. The Denton Program is an unfunded government program that allows non-government organizations to donate humanitarian aid for movement by the U.S. Air Force on training missions.
Two congressional Republicans are calling for investigations into U.S. Transportation Command's selection of American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group, or ARC, to run the Defense Department's household goods moving contract.
Fielding Featherston III grew up in Wickliffe, Ohio, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963. While flying in a reconnaissance mission over Laos in 1969, Captain Featherston’s plane went down. His remains were never found.
The drones, reverse engineered from the captured U.S. stealthy RQ-170, were filmed during the exercise which culminated in the attack on the fake aircraft carrier.