Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Marine Corps' No. 2 officer has tested positive for Covid-19, the service announced Oct. 7, the second four-star officer to be affected by the virus this week. Assistant Marine Commandant Gen. Gary Thomas was among top military officers who put themselves under quarantine this week after Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray tested positive Oct. 5.
The head of U.S. Transportation Command offered a sneak preview Oct. 7 of the results of a Defense Department test of particulate spread on commercial aircraft—and they are surprising.
The order creates a working group that will be co-chaired by the Health and Human Services Department secretary and assistant to the president for domestic policy (or their designees). There will be representatives from the Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Education and Veterans Affairs departments; Small Business Administration; Office of National Drug Control Policy; Office of Management and Budget; and any other agencies the co-chairs seek.
According to allegations in the indictment, from 2012 to 2015, Kotey, Elsheikh, Mohamed Emwazi (deceased), and a fourth British citizen (CC-1) currently incarcerated in Turkey, were Islamic State group fighters and participated in the abduction of American and European hostages in Syria. The men also allegedly engaged in a prolonged pattern of physical and psychological violence against the hostages, including against American citizens James Wright Foley, Kayla Jean Mueller, Steven Joel Sotloff, and Peter Edward Kassig.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 7 hailed the successful test launch of a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile as a “big event” for the country. Speaking to Putin via a video call, Russian General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said the test launch took place on Oct. 6 from the Admiral Groshkov frigate located in the White Sea, in the north of Russia.
The Democratic split over the size of future defense budgets will come to a head in the new Congress, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) predicted Oct. 6. The outcome of the long-simmering dispute would take on higher stakes if some pre-election polling becomes a reality and Democrats retake Congress and the White House.
The 28 satellites are a mix of small and medium spacecraft of different sizes—20 are for a Transport Layer of data-relay satellites, and the other eight are for a missile-warning Tracking Layer.
Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to buy stealthy F-35 fighter jets, three people familiar with the deal said, in a deal that if pursued could strain U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
The F/A-18F flew a sortie over the Middle East carrying the pod, which isn't scheduled to be operational until late 2021.
For all the U.S. military’s technical advantages over adversaries, it still struggles to counter disinformation. A new software tool to be developed for the Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command may help change that.
Nineteen years ago on Oct. 7, a generation of Americans deployed to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks, believing that by fighting in the country more than 7,400 miles away, they would spare their children the need to do so too. But as the U.S. war in Afghanistan begins its 20th year, some of those same service members have watched as their sons and daughters have deployed to continue the fight.
U.S. forces are redefining joint operations to be more tightly integrated. Joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) accelerates the speed and complexity of warfare by tying forces together across the air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains. For the latest on what this means to operators and the industry, check out our JADC2 landing page.
Up Close and Personal with the Blackbird: An Exclusive Interview with Former Director of Worldwide SR-71 Operations
TheAviationist.com recently spoke with retired Air Force Lt. Col. Russell Szczepanik, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. His unique and exceptional service record includes 3 years in Army Special Forces before joining the U.S. Air Force. Szczepanik then went on to become the director of worldwide SR-71 Operations for two years. He also flew numerous missions in the Mach 3+ “Sled” as an SR-71 RSO in the rear seat of the two-person aircraft during operational missions.