Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has not caused military aviation anything like the degree of disruption it has for civil aviation,” writes Michael Tint, Aviation Week’s head of defense analytics.
“This crisis is not only devastating our aviation sector, its shockwaves are reverberating across the defense sector because of our shared supply chain,” said Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning. “While companies and government leaders have taken initial steps to support jobs and help businesses survive, the severity of this crisis requires additional action. AIA’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ provides a strategic blueprint to help ensure a strong comeback, one that ensures the health of our workers, the resilience of our industry, and renewed strength in America’s national and economic security.”
The Air Force has tested the ability of new sensor and missile technology to thwart a fleet of small unmanned aerial systems while integrated with an emerging command-and-control network at the large-scale Apollyon exercise last month, the service revealed Sept. 23. The 96th Test Wing evaluated over 20 anti-drone systems—including a successful live fire of an air defense missile—during the event, which was held at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., between Aug. 10 and Aug. 24, according to a notice published on the service's website.
“The Observe and Orient steps of the OODA Loop are the heart and soul of dogfighting—the two most critical elements in the OODA sequence,” writes John Venable, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense.. “No system in the world can touch a human’s ability to capture and process those tasks.”
The goal would be to produce Toyota-like satellites, said Air Force acquisition boss Will Roper, "easy to build but reliable and hard working."
This week on Federal Tech Talk, host John Gilroy speaks with Nicolas M. Chaillan, chief software officer of the Air Force. The two focal points of the interview are PlatformOne and CloudOne.
The U.S. Air Force has selected 15 additional companies as awardees on a potential $950M contract to build and operate systems across land, air, sea, space, electromagnetic spectrum, and cyber domains as part of the joint all-domain command and control program.
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Partnering helicopters and unmanned aircraft just a few years ago meant that a pilot could control a drone to fly ahead to conduct reconnaissance. Maybe it meant a pilot could control payloads or even the weapon systems on that drone. But at Project Convergence at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., this month, manned-unmanned teaming took on a far more advanced meaning.
Switzerland, which last fought a foreign war more than 200 years ago and has no discernable enemies, wants to spend billions on new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the neutral country neither can afford nor needs cutting-edge warplanes to defend Alpine territory, which a supersonic jet can cross in 10 minutes.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force had announced the participation of the F-35s in the one-day exercise. But the risk of thunderstorm forced the Koninklijke Luchtmacht to cancel the participation of its Lightning II jets.
The U.K. Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of aircraft on its deck ever, as F-35B stealth fighters from British and American squadrons have gone aboard for the next phase of maneuvers. The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps have been working up to this for weeks now.
Getting a tattoo is as a much of a rite of passage for military personnel as the ritualized—and oftentimes scalp-gouging—buzz cut at boot camp. And while barber shops have been a mainstay on bases around the globe, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have never had the convenience of on-base ink—until now.