Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The top U.S. negotiator in nuclear arms control talks with Russia held in Helsinki says a one-day follow-up meeting to earlier talks in Austria has yielded “important progress.” Amb. Marshall Billingslea, President Donald J. Trump’s special envoy for arms control, gave the upbeat view in an Oct. 6 tweet, a day after the talks in the Finnish capital with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. He gave no further detail.
Worth more than $100 million, Crossroads will support predictive weapons calculations and replace an aging system.
Iran's involvement in Venezuela has increased significantly in recent months, to include sending members of its elite Quds Force into the country, according to a top U.S. military leader who oversees operations in the region.
“Most of us view the Mercator map and cannot comprehend the centrality of Arctic air routes to the Northern Hemisphere and the marked advantages the physics provide, but spacefarers know better,” writes Air Force General Counsel Thomas E. Ayres. “China’s government also understands. It may even know the quote from early Air Corps founder Billy Mitchell: ‘whoever holds Alaska will hold the world. I think it is the most important strategic place in the world.’”
Raytheon Technologies hopes its new contract with Boeing for an initial eight radar systems for the F-15EX is only a first step and that its AN/APG-82 radar gets tapped for the entire future fleet, says Michelle Styczynski, F-15 senior product line director for Raytheon Intelligence & Space.
Ron Epstein, managing director in equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, joins Douglas A. Birkey, executive director of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, to discuss how the defense industry is responding to the challenge laid out by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. to “go fast,” to what extent companies are embracing digital engineering in response to the Air Force’s new eSeries initiative, and the impacts of COVID-19 on the aerospace industry, among other topics, as part of the think tank’s “Aerospace Nation” series.
In a new letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, the Professional Services Council, an industry group, says it supports several provisions in the House and Senate versions of the defense policy bill. The group urges the committees as they hash out the two bills to maintain certain elements, including one in the Senate bill that repeals a bid protest pilot program that called for losing protestors to cover the cost.
“Any adjustments to U.S. force posture in Europe should focus first and foremost on sustaining or strengthening readiness,” write Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Biloxi Police are investigating after shots were reportedly fired outside Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. A man was seen firing a gun in the area of Kensington Drive around 9 a.m., said Maj. Chris Deback with the Biloxi Police Department.
With the holiday season approaching, the U.S. Postal Service has announced its mailing dates for 2020.
Flying a Su-57 minus the canopy was likely related to an evaluation of the jet’s emergency escape procedures.