Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U. S. Air Force Global Strike Command has set up its first overseas mobile operations center for B-2 stealth bomber missions, the branch announced Aug. 30. The mission planning and monitoring facility enables the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron to plot actions on any airfield in the world available to the B-2, which officials say will offer greater flexibility for mission deployment.
Space-monitoring software apps used by U.S. military are now being updated every 90 days, says a new report delivered to Congress Aug. 21. The apps are developed under a program known as Space C2, short for space command and control.
An Air Force general has issued an apology to a veteran after she raised concerns about how military investigators handled reexamining her 20-year-old rape case. “It is never our intent to put survivors of crime through additional trauma,” Brig. Gen. Terry Bullard, commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, wrote in a letter to Wilken. “OSI stands ready to listen to victims and survivors, provide them a voice no matter how long ago their sexual assault occurred, and to guarantee their opportunity to receive support.”
When 1st Lt. Kelley McCaa found out she would be part of the American military’s first all-female space operations crew, alongside a team of women she considers close friends, she knew it would make a bold statement for the newly formed U.S. Space Force.
U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen conducted bilateral training centered on honing defensive counter-air and Agile Combat Employment capabilities, and developing multi-capable Airmen during an Aviation Training Relocation event at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24-28.
The U.S. Air Force wants industry pitches for better electronic intelligence capabilities. The broad agency announcement, released Aug. 31 by the Air Force Research Laboratory, calls for a first round of whitepapers from industry for solutions that can use existing as well as emerging technologies for automated, real-time signal detection, processing, exploitation, and reporting of both existing and emerging electronic intelligence signals.
A Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Airman was granted the first court-ordered child custody assignment recently, just one day after the application process opened.
Indonesia received a shipment of 500 ventilators from the U.S. Agency for International Development on Aug. 30. Air Mobility Command transported them from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to Jakarta, Indonesia.
The National Armaments Consortium, along with the DOD Ordnance Technology Consortium and Army Contracting Command-New Jersey, is taking steps to fast-track their armament prototyping efforts, according to an Aug. 27 announcement.
The Chinese Navy is building a fleet of aircraft carriers that will be the second largest in the world. However, they currently lack airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, which is considered a vital component of a balanced air wing.