Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin reached a handshake agreement that will require the defense giant to invest about $70.6 million to fix an ongoing problem with F-35 spare parts, one that resulted in increased government labor costs, the department announced Sept. 29.
A Marine Corps KC-130J and an F-35B collided into each other at roughly 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday while attempting an aerial refueling, causing the F-35B to crash, the Marine Corps confirmed. The pilot of the F-35B safely ejected from the plane and currently is being treated for any injuries, 1st Lt. Brett Vannier said in a press release.
The Air Force’s military superiority is centered around the service and individual Airmen’s ability to ingest new information and act quickly and decisively. But the unending waves of data being collected through modern methods have made that harder, and top Air Force scientists are looking for new ways to streamline the process.
Trainees from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., are receiving their Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss. It provides an opportunity for the trainees to operate alongside Army forces to simulate a realistic military deployment.
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From Oct. 20-23, the Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office will be hosting the first ever Advanced Manufacturing Olympics. While there won’t be any 10-meter diving at the four-day event, there will be a ton of additive manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing on display.
The trade associations for various government contractors are also opposing a range of oversight proposals in the annual defense bill, including ones aimed at enhancing procurement value and reducing unfair labor practices.
House Democrats have introduced a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package that, as with an earlier version of the bill, doesn't contain Pentagon stimulus funds for the defense industrial base.
The Pentagon’s Chief of Naval Operations fell ill recently while on a run near his home and underwent heart surgery soon after, according to Navy officials. Adm. Mike Gilday, 57 years old, recuperated at home and returned to the Pentagon on Sept. 28, officials said. Adm. Gilday’s medical procedure hasn’t been previously disclosed.
A Sept. 25 ceremony featuring a speech by a U.S. official and a Native American dance marked a milestone in efforts to build an American Indian Veterans Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery. The speech was delivered by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie. Paul Adkins, chairman of the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee, said work on the monument will start within a few months now that the National Cemetery Administration has approved plans for the memorial.
The Justice Department filed suit on Sept. 28 against a Dallas-based towing firm for allegedly auctioning off cars and trucks belonging to U.S. service members in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
Though military neurologists expected a wave of seizures after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they couldn’t have known that this generation’s injuries would differ from those of previous generations. And there does appear to be a surge in seizures—but they’re not what experts originally expected.
On Sept. 28, the Defense Department announced a $20 million contract to On Demand Pharmaceuticals, to further develop machines that can produce drugs at the point of care. ODP’s miniature drug factories are built on research first funded in 2016 by the Battlefield Medicine project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA’s goal was to create a drug-making machine that could be shipped to harsh environments and mix medicines on demand for a wide variety of illnesses or conditions.