Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two months after disclosing the existence of a next-generation fighter jet demonstrator, the U.S. Air Force is staying mum on which company may have built it. But one thing is for sure: Classified aviation programs are on the rise, and opportunities abound for the three major American defense aerospace primes—Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing.
“The Air Force needs a mix of next-generation drones, including attritable systems, and a large force of fifth-generation aircraft that can team to achieve decisive effects in future battlespaces,” writes retired Air Force Col. Mark Gunzinger, director of future concepts and capability assessments at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
L3Harris Technologies will be providing the Air Force with training systems for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the company.
Air Force Materiel Command is planning an industry day for December to inform its plans to upgrade the distributed mission operations system for the mobility air forces.
The Navy is studying the effects its new unmanned refueling aircraft could have on California's Pacific coastline as it makes decisions on where to base the futuristic drone.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of West Florida received a total of $8 million in separate grants from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to tackle the enduring challenge of filling public- and private-sector cybersecurity vacancies across the country.
The siege lasted six hours as Afghan forces and U.S. commandos hunted and killed three gunmen. An Afghan branch of the Islamic State group was reported to have claimed responsibility.
The newly upgraded Tu-160 “White Swan” made its first flight with the new version of the NK-32, the largest and most powerful engine ever fitted on a military aircraft.
The Navy’s Blue Angels will conduct their final flight in the legacy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet on Nov. 4. The flight, which will take off from and land at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., marks the end of the F/A-18A/B/C/D platform’s 34 years as the Blue Angels' aircraft as the team transitions to F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.