Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The head of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command has said that service members and their families represent about 7 percent of the coronavirus cases in Hawaii.
The entire class of roughly 4,400 cadets has returned to the academy, and will be attending classes split roughly evenly between online and in-person lessons, academy spokesman Mike Slater said in an email on Aug. 12. Bringing about half the courses online will result in smaller in-person class sizes, Slater said, which will make it easier for cadets to socially distance when they gather.
The strategic and geopolitical implications of the changes could be even more considerable than first thought and play into a range of areas from Germany’s fighter contest to the way the U.S. Air Force trains for war, former Defense Department and Air Force officials told Defense News.
"I know we're not going to be immune from design flaws," Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office Director and Program Executive Officer Randall G. Walden said of the B-21 program. "We're going to have to work through those, and we're doing some of that today."
Four key members of Congress, either individually or collectively, have quietly frozen all major U.S. arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years in a move to pressure Ankara to abandon its Russian-built S-400 air defense system, Defense News has learned.
The Joint Common Foundation will put a standard set of tools in the cloud, where any Defense Department artificial intelligence project can use them.
The second and more arduous deadline for agencies and vendors to ensure they are no longer using certain Chinese made telecommunications products and services is here, and few are happy about it. Industry and agencies alike continue to sound the alarm about the potential and real impacts of the interim rule implementing part B of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Under the interim rule, which remains open for comments through mid-September, agencies cannot award new contracts, task orders, or modify existing contracts to any vendor who doesn’t self-certify that they are not using products from Chinese companies like ZTE and Huawei.
The upcoming 20OT03 Officer Training School selection board scheduled for September 14-18 has been canceled. The board focused on the following career fields: 13S—Space Operations; 15W—Weather, 32EXA—Architect/Architectural Engineer; 32EXC—Civil Engineer; 32EXE—Electrical Engineer; 32EXG—General Engineer, and 62EXE— Electrical/Electronic Engineer.
Congress wants the Pentagon to provide service members and TRICARE dependents broader access to treatment for eating disorders—a behavioral health issue legislators say is a "significant problem in society, as well as in military beneficiaries."
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released images of the second series-production Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet, which is now under construction. The first production example crashed during a flight test last year.