Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the podcast’s debut episode, host and retired Air Force Lt. Col. John “Slick” Baum—a former Air Force Weapons School instructor and Thunderbird pilot—lays out the case for aerospace power. He starts from the beginning, and speaks with Mitchell Institute Dean and retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula to explain the importance of aerospace power. He then interviews Douglas Birkey, the institute’s executive director, to fully develop the fundamental theories of aerospace power, cover the history of aerospace theory, and talk about the challenges with today’s aging fleet and an unfunded Space Force. Slick ends the episode with laying out the threats that the U.S. faces in the aerospace domains, and how the U.S. is taking these threats head-on.
The top official leading the Pentagon's Defeat-ISIS Task Force resigned Nov. 30, becoming the latest senior official to be fired or asked to resign in recent days, part of a White House-directed post-election purge that saw some of the senior-most Defense Department civilians ousted in a matter of days.
Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord, speaking during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Ascend conference on Nov. 18, said she is focused on protecting the supply chain and helping the acquisition system adapt to acquire software.
Experts expect President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to build on the Trump administration’s investments in emerging technologies, while adding to research and development budgets in the Defense Department and across the federal government.
“Recent research by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, a policy research organization within Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, suggests a more nuanced relationship, including areas of potential alignment,” write CSET Survey Specialist Catherine Aiken and CSET Research Fellow Margarita Konaev.
The Air Force on Nov. 30 awarded Lockheed Martin a 10-year C-130J foreign military sales sustainment services contract worth up to $1.4 billion.
The United Kingdom has received an additional batch of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning fighters, with the arrival of three new aircraft into their RAF Marham main operating base on Nov. 30.
SES has been tapped to provide satellite-based communications for the Advanced Battle Management System.
Chinese scientists have built what they claim is a revolutionary plane engine for Mach 16 flight. An aircraft powered by the engine could reach anywhere in the world within two hours, they said.
Most—if not all—of a community town hall touted as a 'Veterans Experience Live' event with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Nov. 30 on Facebook was prerecorded—a staging that disappointed veterans who tuned in hoping the Secretary would respond to a few of their questions. The virtual event, for veterans, families, caregivers, survivors, and others interested in the veterans community, featured the VA Secretary responding to prescreened, prerecorded questions on topics ranging from suicide, community care, and military spouse employment.
An Afghan major under U.S. protection at a U.S. base after the Pentagon reversed its decision to approve his move to the United States, said he has been told he will be forced to leave the base if he does not rejoin the Afghan air force. Maj. Mohammed Naiem Asadi, one of the Afghan military’s few elite attack helicopter pilots, his wife, and his 4-year-old daughter had been approved to seek refuge in America in early October due to being in “imminent danger of being killed by the Taliban,” approval documents and emails shared with Stars and Stripes showed.
A huge, already damaged radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century completely collapsed on Dec. 1. The telescope was built in the 1960s with money from the Defense Department amid a push to develop anti-ballistic missile defenses. It had endured hurricanes, tropical humidity, and a recent string of earthquakes in its 57 years of operation.