Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged.
The Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are discussing extending a waiver that gives the defense industrial base more time to ensure certain noncritical weapons systems comply with a new rule aimed at excising Chinese telecommunications equipment from the supply chain, according to the Defense Department’s acquisition chief.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Sept. 9 that the Pentagon intends to conduct live trials pitting tactical aircraft controlled by artificial intelligence against human pilots in 2024. The announcement comes three weeks after an AI algorithm defeated a human pilot in a simulated dogfight between F-16s, something Esper described as an example of the “tectonic impact of machine learning” for the Defense Department’s future.
The U.S. Space Force has marked another milestone for the history books: the first official deployment of its troops—and it's not to the moon.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is among a bipartisan group of four western lawmakers that has established a U.S. Senate Space Force Caucus to raise awareness of the operations of the newest branch of the military, established last year.
Northrop Grumman announced it will not move forward with the development of the OmegA rocket. The vehicle was designed for the sole purpose of competing for a National Security Space Launch contract award but didn’t make the cut.
On a Sept. 9 missile defense-focused installment of the AFA Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies' Strategic Deterrence Forum, Moshe Patel, Director and General Manager of the Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), discussed the missions and priorities of the Israeli Missile Defense Organization, U.S.-Israeli collaboration on missile defense, and the increasingly challenging threat environment, among other topics.
In the 1970s, Boeing worked on a project that would have turned jumbo jets into flying aircraft carriers. The Airborne Aircraft Carrier project involved converting the Boeing 747, the largest passenger jet flying at the time, into a mothership capable of launching tiny fighter jets. Although never built, the concept lives on in spirit in DARPA’s new “Gremlins” drone program.