Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Trump Touts Expanded Use of Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Patients, the US Military Has Already Been Using It
While President Donald J. Trump announced Aug. 23 an emergency authorization for the use of convalescent plasma to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients, such plasma is already being administered to infected U.S. service members.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Air Force to take rapid action to enhance and scale its telework and remote IT services during the early days of the crisis. As a result, Airmen are much happier with the Air Force’s IT services and support than they were before the pandemic hit.
The service is on the lookout for a contractor with a proven track record in the quantum development space.
Aviation Week editors talk about new developments hypersonics, including the revelation that the Air Force is studying intercontinental-range hypersonics that could be nuclear-armed and confirmation of the creation of a multi-mission platform with a multi-cycle engine that could be the path toward a SR-72 intelligence-gathering vehicle.
The F-35 joint program office is ramping up its analysis of a possible performance-based logistics sustainment contract with Lockheed Martin, according to a notice posted this week. In a new justification and approval document, the Navy-led tiger team details its reasons for extending a contract with Systecon North America for consulting services as it finalizes its assessment and response to Lockheed's proposal for a five-year PBL deal the company says could save the program about $1 billion.
F-16 Fighting Falcons and Airmen assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, have deployed to Poland to take part in a joint training exercise, according to the Air Force. The aircraft and personnel have deployed to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask Air Base, Poland, to participate in and support Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4, officials said in a media release.
DARPA’s Gremlins program is targeting additional tests of the X-61A vehicle later this year after meeting several primary objectives during risk reduction flights at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah in late July. The Gremlins program seeks to develop and demonstrate air launch and air recovery of up to four unmanned aerial systems, known as Gremlins Air Vehicles, within 30 minutes.
Two North Carolina National Guard AH-64 Apache pilots received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for providing cover to Army special forces in a remote Afghanistan village in 2018.
The service says that women aviators are deliberately not hydrating to avoid having to go, which creates all sorts of serious risks.