Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With global military spending expected to flatten or contract in the coming years as countries try to repair coronavirus-decimated economies, defense projects already on the books stand the best chance of survival, according to a budget expert.
The Pentagon issued a new memo last week that shrinks the period of time during which defense contractors can seek reimbursement through a provision in coronavirus recovery legislation. The document, signed by Kim Herrington, the acting principal director of defense pricing and contracting, says it revises an April memo on reimbursement related to Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which was enacted in late March.
United States-led international coalition troops withdrew from Iraq’s Taji military base on Aug. 23 and handed it over to Iraqi security forces, Reuters witnesses and the coalition said. The base, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, had been the site of frequent rocket attacks by Iran-backed militias targeting U.S.-led troops in recent months.
The Pentagon's Inspector General has begun a comprehensive research project on how the military branches' various law enforcement agencies have responded over the years to active shooter incidents and violence in the workplace on installations.
Years of allegations, investigations, and evidence shared with Military Times by survivors of assaults paint a picture of an organization struggling to hold its people accountable.
Chinese and Russian counter-space weapons have Pentagon officials worried, but new capabilities are on the way to mitigate the threat, a top U.S. Space Command official said Aug. 21.
The question put forth during a panel discussion Aug. 20 at the Space Warfighting Industry Forum was: should the National Reconnaissance Office be folded into the Space Force? The answer from three lawmakers on the panel was a resounding “no.”
Without a significant commercial business to fall back on, OmegA does not appear to have a future. But Northrop Grumman says no final decisions will be made until after the Air Force briefs the company on the reasons why the vehicle was not selected.
According to court documents, from December 1996 to January 2011, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, a former member of the U.S. Army, allegedly conspired with agents of a Russian intelligence service. During that time, Debbins periodically visited Russia and met with Russian intelligence agents. In 1997, Debbins was assigned a code name by Russian intelligence agents and signed a statement attesting that he wanted to serve Russia.
It's one of the F-35's most versatile and critical weapons, and it's about to get a whole lot more capable.