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. 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.
The Pentagon’s latest update, on Sept. 2, showed an increase from the previous tally of six COVID-19 troop deaths, but did not identify the individual or service branch of the deceased. Pentagon officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Military Times seeking more details.
A number of Eastern European allies aim to maintain their defense expenditures at 2 percent of their respective gross domestic products despite the current economic downturn. Poland and Romania are at the forefront of the region’s military modernization efforts, and both plan to spend billions of dollars on helicopters in the near future. However, local observers say the countries’ defense acquisitions are facing delays due to organizational limitations.
The Air Force recently tested a new next-generation fragmentation bomb on the F-16 Fighting Falcon meant to be an alternative to cluster munitions that diminishes the risk of unexploded ordnance, according to a news release.
Joint all-domain command and control is redefining how the U.S. military will operate in the future joint fight—and how systems must be designed today. For the latest on all things JADC2 and to stay tuned to the latest developments, check out our JADC2 landing page.
U.S. Central Command Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and space warfighters joined regional and coalition partners last week for Joint Air Defense Exercise 20-2. Led by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the bi-annual exercise focused on improving readiness of air defense assets within the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
An Air Traffic Control Letter of Agreement was signed by U.S. personnel, the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), and Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) to better work together to ensure safe air space operations at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
The 55th Rescue Squadron and a combat systems operator from the 79th RQS executed a long-range mission off the California coast to rescue an injured Chinese mariner on Aug. 28. The Chinese mariner was severely injured from a 33-foot fall on the bulk carrier, Ocean Applaud, 1,100 nautical miles west of San Francisco on Aug. 26. The Chinese mariner was working aboard the Ocean Applaud, which was transferring cargo to Stockton, Calif.
Boeing’s Philadelphia team recently delivered the first MH-47G Block II Chinook to SOCOM on time. “This delivery marks a major step for the Chinook program,” said Andy Builta, vice president and H-47 program manager. “The new Chinook will give U.S. Special Operations Forces significantly more capability for extremely challenging missions and will enable them to conduct those missions on the future battlefield.”
The next iteration of TRICARE will give some military families and retirees the option to choose a health network other than the two selected to manage the TRICARE East and West regions, according to a report delivered by the Pentagon to Congress in August.
The female gyrfalcon, who was hatched in May, was the USAFA Falconry Team’s first feathery addition since the October 2019 passing of Aurora, another gyrfalcon, at the age of 23, Air Force Magazine previously reported.