Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite losing reelection, President Donald J. Trump is plowing ahead with plans to release this month a detailed Pentagon budget for the next fiscal year, plumping up proposed 2022 funding for its key defense priorities in what budget analysts say is an obvious and unorthodox effort to box in President-elect Joe Biden.
President Donald J. Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users. On Twitter on Dec. 1, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted—whether their complaint is legitimate or not.
The Defense Department and Congress must find new ways to work together on acquisition of capabilities for future all-domain operations, says Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, the Air Force’s requirements guru.
The Air Force’s vision for the seamless, networked warfighting concept known as Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, is all about using information to dominate the battlespace: By interconnecting systems across every domain, U.S. forces would seek to increase the operational decision space for all U.S. commanders, overwhelming adversary commanders and shortening decision-making cycles for any opponent that must react.
As the new regime takes effect, the tech industry’s lead trade association would rather higher level certifications be done by the department than independent third parties.
The House Republican Steering Committee on Dec. 1 chose Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers to be the top House Armed Services Republican, according to a source familiar with the situation, beating out Reps. Mike Turner of Ohio and Rob Wittman of Virginia.
The Space Force has declared the fifth geosynchronous-orbit Space Based Infrared System satellite ready for launch in 2021, prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced Dec. 2.
The Biden administration should not undo progress made in space policy during the Trump presidency, experts suggest. But they urge incoming leaders to tone down the militaristic rhetoric surrounding space and pay more attention to practical matters like the procurement of next-generation technologies.
Approximately 200 U.S. Air Force Airmen and four U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers with the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron returned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, as they concluded their Bomber Task Force deployment at Andersen AFB, Guam, Nov. 22.
“Just as military members must contemplate and continuously re-evaluate their individual reasons for serving, as U.S. citizens, we can personally consider our capabilities and opportunities to serve our great nation,” writes Air Force Lt. Col. Denny R. Davies, a national security affairs fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Many key indicators of well-being among Active-duty military spouses have improved or held steady since 2017, according to the newly released Survey of Active Duty Spouses. The survey looked at spouse attitudes and experiences in the areas of military support and benefits, deployment and reintegration, education and employment, and spouse and child well-being.
According to reports, the Department of Defense is moving ahead with plans to formally build a backup air base at Tinian Island, located just 100 miles to the north of its giant and highly strategic U.S. military airbase on Guam, known as Andersen Air Force Base. This comes as the Pentagon is working to expand its existing airfields located deep in the Pacific and even create new ones that it could use during a major peer-state clash, namely with China, in the vast region.
“I still have nightmares about it,” said one survivor. “I don’t go out in crowded places."