Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With no connectivity and little diversity, the military's hub may soon be a threat to national security.
“There is no question that [Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Gen. [John E.] Hyten’s ultimate objective is valid—multiplying the nation’s long-range strike capacity while diversifying attack methods,” writes Douglas A. Birkey, executive director of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “However, this proposed thinking risks yielding less striking power because the respective options available to the services have radically different price tags.”
“Latin America is the perfect location for U.S.-based units to accomplish needed training while also supporting U.S. interests in the region. These types of Pan-American missions would not only validate our training but also increase interoperability while highlighting our commitment to the Americas. This is especially important during an era of great power competition in which we see the growing influence of Beijing in the region,” wrote Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, commander of 12 Air Forces (Air Forces Southern).
A Republican lawmaker called on the House Armed Services Committee to hold a public hearing on the "disturbing rise in deadly training accidents" to pursue military training reforms and prevent further tragic accidents.
The Defense Department responded to interest from service personnel by providing its members with diversity and inclusion resources for those who experienced racism, bias, and discrimination in either their personal or professional lives.
A potential continuing resolution for fiscal year 2021 could have an outsized effect on the Pentagon’s newest armed service, said the vice commander of the Space Force Aug. 20.
The Persistent Cyber Training Environment is an online client that allows U.S. Cyber Command’s warriors to log on from anywhere in the world to conduct individual or collective cyber training as well as mission rehearsal on par with the National Training Center, which did not previously exist for cyber warriors. The Army runs the program on behalf of the joint cyber force and Cyber Command.
Defense Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord confirmed Aug. 20 the Director of National Intelligence provided a waiver to the Pentagon extending the deadline for government contractors to comply with a new supply chain rule—which requires contractors to eliminate products from a list of Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE—for a narrow set of low-risk commodities.
A new report by data firm Govini finds that the number of Chinese companies in the Pentagon's supply base has increased dramatically since 2010. According to the report, Chinese suppliers totaled 655 in 2019, up 420 percent from 2010. The number of U.S. companies totaled 2,219, up 97 percent, according to Govini.
An advanced surface-to-surface ballistic missile is joined by a new naval cruise missile—and Iran has shown it’s willing to use them.