Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proposed cut to the military health system over the next five years is part of a sweeping effort Esper initiated last year to eliminate inefficiencies within the Defense Department’s coffers. But two senior defense officials say the effort has been rushed and driven by an arbitrary cost-savings goal, and argue that the cuts to the system will imperil the health care of millions of military personnel and their families as the nation grapples with COVID-19.
U.S. Forces-Korea, a relative success story in the battle against COVID-19, has boosted its Health Protection Condition, or HPCON, level a notch for troops and their families, following an outbreak of new cases in the metropolitan Seoul area.
For most of this year, Pentagon planners have been developing a new joint war-fighting concept, a document meant to guide how the Defense Department fights in the coming decades. Now, with an end-of-year deadline fast approaching, two top department officials believe the concept is coalescing around a key idea—one that requires tossing decades of traditional thinking out the window.
Cadets in the U.S. Air Force Academy’s space program learn how to build and operate satellites. Starting this year, they will also take courses in space law, strategy, and operations.
The two-star general who last year was fired from running the Pentagon’s office that oversees some of the military’s most secret classified programs repeatedly and publicly berated and belittled her subordinates, the Air Force Office of Inspector General found. Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop also once grabbed a subordinate’s hand without consent and scolded her over a “minor issue,” the IG’s investigator said in a January 2020 report, obtained by Air Force Times via the Freedom of Information Act.
Reports are emerging describing a potential near miss with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) while the C-32A that President Donald J. Trump was flying on was making its final approach into Andrews Air Force base on the evening of Aug. 16. POTUS was returning from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., when the reported near miss took place.
The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a first-of-its-kind indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to sell foreign militaries commoditized F-16 fighter jets off the latest Block 70 production line.
The Individualized Neural Learning System, or iNeuraLS, is a new augmented learning platform that will enable rapid learning by closed-loop modulation of cognitive states during skill acquisition. Essentially, the Air Force Research Laboratory team seeks to develop a capability that will give Airmen the ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and skills on the fly through direct brain interfaces with the help of neurotechnologies.
Base personnel will soon be able to request approval to transport licensed firearms to and from the installation. Holders of a Federal Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act permit, Ohio concealed carry permit, or another state’s concealed carry permit that has a reciprocity with the state of Ohio, will be authorized upon approval to transport secured, privately owned firearms in their privately owned vehicles.
The popular game offers an arena for artificial intelligence to practice working with humans in an environment where there's no real-world risk of casualties.