The Air Force Association's annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference kicks off Sept. 14 with Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett and Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. The annual conference, which will be held virtually this year for the first time, runs through Sept. 16. Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond speaks on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Conference attendance is free for military members and defense civilians, and rates for industry participants are discounted for AFA members (and from traditional rates for in-person participants). Registration is open now and space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the world contends with the COVID-19 pandemic, civilian and U.S. military experts alike are voicing worries that combat units are ill-equipped to detect powerful new bioweapons that are likely to become a reality on the future battlefield.
When Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper sits down to talk with troops about racial insensitivity in the military, he said, the biggest issue they call out is the unintended discrimination and insensitivity they face from other service members.
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle on the morning of Sept. 2 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, reliable, and effective to deter 21st century threats and reassure our allies.
The Air Force recently completed the tracking and identification of its final action item for an initiative to ensure the service’s security forces are trained and equipped, according to a top service official.
On Sept. 1, the Defense Health Agency launched 74 new military hospital and clinic Air Force websites—an important milestone in the effort to modernize the web presence of all military medical treatment facilities. Each website transitioned to the TRICARE domain to provide a standardized patient experience across the Military Health System.
A group of senators wants to reinstate funding for Stars and Stripes, the military's newspaper for service members, as the organization faces being totally defunded before the year is out. The bipartisan group, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), on Sept. 2 sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to preserve the "historically significant publication," which only requires "a tiny fraction" of the Defense Department's annual budget, according to the lawmakers.
A Defense Department pilot program could help make artificial intelligence useful not just to researchers but to physicians.