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 is stepping up its efforts to fight the spread of diseases inside buildings. It has authorized Theriax LLC, a research and development laboratory, to use a patented coating formula that greatly enhances protection against airborne microbes, including COVID-19, inside buildings and homes, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center announced Aug. 4.
Since late January, American B-1B and B-52 bombers, usually operating in pairs, have flown about 20 missions over key waterways, including the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and the Sea of Japan, according to accounts of these flights from U.S. Air Force statements and official social media posts. These missions, military analysts say, are designed to send a crystal-clear signal: The United States can threaten China’s fleet and Chinese land targets at any time, from distant bases, without having to move America’s aircraft carriers and other expensive surface warships within range of Beijing’s massive arsenal of missiles.
The U.S. military and the State Department must agree to update Congress on the war in Afghanistan and the peace process or they will face subpoenas, House Democratic lawmakers say. A letter sent on Aug. 31 to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded the two departments provide witnesses to testify at a Sept. 9 hearing in Congress.
The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops permanently stationed overseas—mostly on bases that were established during the Cold War. But in a recent interview, Stimson Center co-founder Barry Blechman said if the goal of the forces is deterring adversaries, the defense budget would go a lot further if it were geared toward quickly sending forces to trouble spots, rather than keeping them in places like Korea and Germany. Those conclusions, by the Stimson Center, are based on a study of more than 100 foreign policy crises.
The Navy is bringing an aerial refueling capability to its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command and control fleet, with the first operational squadron certifying its pilots to refuel with Air Force tankers.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking for white papers on existing and emerging technologies that can help ground and aerial surveillance platforms detect electronic intelligence signals, according to a broad agency announcement the service released Aug. 31.
U.S. forces are redefining joint operations to be more tightly integrated. Joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) accelerates the speed and complexity of warfare by tying forces together across the air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains. For the latest on what this means to operators and the industry, check out our JADC2 landing page.
In only one year since the activation and stand-up of the nation’s 11th combatant command, U.S. Space Command is celebrating the anniversary milestone by focusing on the myriad of mission accomplishments.
The Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $92.5 million contract to deliver its situational awareness datalink radios for U.S. Special Operations Command to use on its standoff precision-guided munitions, the Pentagon announced Aug. 31.
The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Aug. 28, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia’s navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that more than 50 warships and about 40 aircraft were taking part in the exercise in the Bering Sea, which involved multiple practice missile launches.
Effective Sept. 1 through Dec. 8, customers can mail their general elections "Casted Ballots" back to the United States free using priority mail express military service. “The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the United States Postal Service, is again offering this expedited, free service to ensure ballots from American citizens stationed or living overseas arrive in time for the upcoming general federal elections,” said Lionel Rivera, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Postal Squadron command postal training manager.
It’s part of a new acquisition model that would explore the potential of pursuing contracts outside the Federal Acquisition Regulation, mixed with traditional contracts.
The possibility of future military activity around the Moon is en vogue in the national security space community, with a plethora of seminars featuring senior Space Force, Air Force, and Defense Department officials musing on the likely need for the US to counter China in deep space.
Mark the big one-of-a-kind engine, designed and built just for NASA, as delivered.