Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reports this week of potential U.S. troop cuts met with warnings from Afghanistan security officials that a rapid drawdown would embolden terrorists and hamper Afghan military efforts to fight its enemies.
Iraqi Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons have undertaken their first combat operation since the recent return to the country of contractors who had been evacuated earlier in the year. Both the Iraqi Air Force and U.S. Central Command announced on Nov. 17 that an undisclosed number of F-16s had participated in air strikes against the Islamic State group north of the capital Baghdad.
A White House plan to reduce the number of U.S. forces in conflict areas includes removing more than 700 troops based in Somalia, where the military in recent years has expanded operations against al-Qaida-linked fighters, news reports say.
A group of progressive and anti-war organizations in a memo to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team ask the incoming administration to make deep cuts to military budgets, and to specifically target the U.S. Space Force, the next-generation ICBM, and missile defense programs.
Air Force acquisition czar Will Roper’s novel acquisition strategy for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program has been approved by service leaders, just in time for the Defense Department’s 2022 budget. But the decision may be too late to stave off a congressional whack to the current $1 billion request, much less convince lawmakers to bump up funding in 2022.
At a newly created information warfare training facility in Playas, N.M., the Air Force is planning what it calls an information warfare flag in spring 2021, said Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman, deputy commander of Air Combat Command, during a virtual conference Nov. 17 hosted by AFCEA’s Alamo chapter.
While the group supports multiple COVID-19 efforts, DDS Director Brett Goldstein is also looking ahead to the Defense Department’s data challenges and possible expansion of Hack the Pentagon.
The Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosted retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, a senior RAND corporation fellow and former under secretary of energy for nuclear security, for a discussion about the decision over extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the state of play of nuclear deterrence in great power competition, and the future of nuclear weapons programs in a world without New START.
A former Army Green Beret pleaded guilty on Nov. 18 to conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with United States national defense information.
Today, Wei Sun, 49, a Chinese national and naturalized citizen of the United States, was sentenced to 38 months in prison by District Court Judge Rosemary Marquez. Sun previously pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the Arms Export Control Act.
After 10 days of disaster response in the wake of Hurricane Eta, all members of Joint Task Force-Bravo returned to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, on Nov. 15 to prepare for another storm.
The Nov. 13 ceremony turned into a tongue-in-cheek retirement roast for a cantankerous beast that has carried Airmen from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., to distant parts of the globe for decades—and, crew members say, frequently broke down and left them stranded.