Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Air Force Chief Wasn’t Sure How to Address George Floyd’s Killing. Then He Talked to His Son.
The general, then commander of Pacific Air Forces, or Pacaf, said he wasn’t sure how he should respond to the killing of another Black man by police. Not yet confirmed as Chief, he did not want to get in the way of anything the Air Force’s top leaders had planned, he said. But then his son asked, “ ‘Dad, what is PACAF saying?’ ” Brown recalled. “Which is code for, ‘Dad, what are you going to say?’ ”
Nine months before Air Force Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Grant pinned on her first star, members of the team tasked with investigating her behavior in the years leading up to her promotion said they'd never seen Airmen so afraid to face their commander.
The Missile Defense Agency is planning to develop a layered homeland intercontinental ballistic missile defense architecture, but it must clear a range of hurdles to get after an approach that addresses emerging threats and fills a gap while a next-generation interceptor is developed, according to the agency’s director.
MQ-9s in unusual configurations have been seen in the area following a strike involving the Hellfire missile variant with pop-out sword-like blades.
The United States will not pursue the death penalty against two British Islamic State group detainees who are accused of beheading U.S. journalists and have been held in indefinite military detention in Iraq, if the U.K. agrees to turn over vital evidence in the case, Attorney General Bill Barr has confirmed in a letter to United Kingdom officials. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh have been held at al-Asad airbase in Iraq since October, where they were moved during the Turkish invasion of Syria last fall over concerns that there could be mass breakouts from the Kurdish-guarded prisons.
“A disregard for terrestrial international norms has also been witnessed with regard to space,” writes Heritage Foundation Research Fellow Dean Cheng.
The Air Force Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract is worth $1.5 million. As agreed, Mocana will deliver advanced cyber protection for military systems, establishing end-to-end digital supply chain security.
Air Force officials have selected 8,246 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant out of 28,358 eligible for a selection rate of 29.08 percent in the 20E6 promotion cycle.
While public anxiety over the declining efficiency of the postal service has in recent weeks focused on how USPS would be able to handle absentee ballots during the upcoming November election—an issue that has become a politically charged battle over mail-in voting—those concerns are far more immediate for veterans and countless others across the country who get their medicine through the mail.
Moving Company Illegally Auctioned Off Service Member’s Family Heirlooms and Other Possessions, Justice Alleges
Justice Department attorneys filed a lawsuit against a Massachusetts moving and storage company alleging the company illegally auctioned off the belongings of an Air Force technical sergeant while he was deployed—including military gear and mementos that belonged to a cousin who was killed in action, his grandfather’s military service medals, and a dresser that was handmade by his great-grandfather.