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Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.
While U.S. forces in the Middle East have not raised their alert status, they are prepared for any aggressive response from Iran to new sanctions ordered by President Donald J. Trump, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sept. 21.
“Given that dollars and time are short, the DOD must now get a concept for all-domain warfare right,” writes retired USAF Col. Mark Gunzinger, director for future concepts and capability assessments at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “Like the National Defense Strategy, the concept must be top-down driven, not a bottom-up, consensus-driven product that fails to make trade-offs across the services and provides a rationale that supports what each service desires to buy. Rather, its ultimate objective should be to seek best-value capabilities and expand theater commander options to defeat peer adversaries.”
The Air Force Research Lab has pioneered a unique industry collaboration to speed solutions to the toughest artificial intelligence technical challenges. Its most recent success is the just-finished Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency AlphaDogfight contest.
Last year, a federal policy update put citizenship in jeopardy for a handful of military children born abroad every year. Lawmakers decried the move and worked up legislation to fix the issue, and as of September, part of the policy has been rescinded.
Some 400 troops are testing the devices, trained on nearly a quarter million cases to detect COVID-19 and a whole lot more.
The Board of Directors of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., has announced that William A. LaPlante, a senior executive at The MITRE Corporation, has been selected as Draper’s next president and chief executive officer. LaPlante will assume his position on October 7 when Francis Kearney, interim president and CEO, steps down and transitions his roles and responsibilities.
On Sept. 25, approximately 70 vintage aircraft will take to the skies over Washington to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover will feature historically sequenced formations representing the war’s major battles—from the Battle of Britain through the final air assault on Japan. More than 20 different types of vintage military aircraft are scheduled to fly in formations beginning over the Lincoln Memorial. The airshow is scheduled to begin at 11:30 EDT with planes flying in two-minute intervals over the skies of the nation’s capital. Check out our link to view the flight map.