Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Air Force is on track to begin permanently basing its F-35 jets abroad next year, with RAF Lakenheath in England set to become the service’s first international F-35 base. But construction on new hangars and facilities necessary for supporting the high-tech stealth jet have gone over budget and over schedule, and many buildings won’t be ready when the first planes arrive in November 2021.
Driven heavily by the Defense Department, contract spending across government will exceed $600 billion in fiscal 2020.
Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Aug. 5 demanded the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security explain why the Trump administration will no longer cover the full cost of National Guard deployments in 47 states and territories but will continue paying all the costs for Texas and Florida.
The Air Force has selected Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon to perform early work on the Future Hypersonics Program that seeks to develop a solid-rocket, air-breathing hypersonic cruise missile that can be launched from fighter or bomber aircraft.
“The F-15EX appears to be an excellent example of applying digital engineering tools to revamp key aspects of a mature product,” Aviation Week Network Defense Editor Steve Trimble writes. “But the F-15EX program is not designed to be directly compatible with the U.S. Air Force’s ideal approach to the Digital Century Series initiative, as it has been articulated by Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics.”
The crash happened early on the morning of Aug. 2 east of the Bellevue toll bridge in rural Iowa, the Iowa State Patrol said. According to investigators, a car driven by Senior Airman Nicholas Johnson, 21, of Union, N.J., went off the roadway and into a ditch before vaulting across the road and hitting a tree.
The Department of the Air Force recently announced great news for parents—the ability to defer an assignment or be stationed near their children with a court-ordered child custody decree. Assignment authorities will now be able to consider requests for an assignment or deferment to a location near their children, even if the co-parents are not married.
Senate lawmakers advanced a major veterans suicide prevention initiative on Aug. 5, creating a potential legislative path for the action on the issue by the end of the year. But the measure also could turn into yet another election-year partisan fight if party leaders can’t find quick compromises on lingering policy differences.
Lawrence Johnston was aboard B-29 Superfortress bombers tending to instruments measuring the power of the world's first nuclear explosions in the "Trinity" test in New Mexico, as well as for the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which prompted Japan's surrender and brought the war to a close.
Are you looking to move someplace where you’ll feel protected from all kinds of threats, including COVID-19 and long-range bombs? Then you might want to bid on an historical site up for auction in North Dakota. Because there’s no better place to social distance during a pandemic or a nuclear war than a former Cold War bunker and missile silo site.