Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The fact is, Austin’s many strengths and his intimate knowledge of the Department of Defense and our government are uniquely matched to the challenges and crises we face,” President-elect Joe Biden writes. “He is the person we need in this moment.”
“You don’t want a general, a man, a war veteran—and everyone in the defense industry is evil?” writes Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron.
President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser said the incoming administration wants to put Iran “back into the box” by rejoining the nuclear deal and forcing Tehran to comply with the terms of the original agreement. In return, the U.S. would be prepared to honor the terms of the 2015 deal, said Jake Sullivan, Biden’s choice for national security adviser, at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit on Dec. 7.
The Defense Enclave Services contract will bring agencies under a common network architecture.
The Space Development Agency agreed to reevaluate the original proposals but will not allow the companies to resubmit new bids.
Air Force acquisition boss Will Roper said he’s writing a new memo with the general counsel and financial management offices to bring more flexibility into one-year O&M funding-known as 3400 money.
OPINION—Instructors Wanted, Apply Within: Why the Air Force Is Failing to Change Its Culture and What to Do About It
“Squadron Officer School has an instructor recruitment problem that is not going away, in spite of the attempted cultural change,” write Bradley Podliska, an assistant professor of military and security studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, and Donnie Hodges, an instructor in the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Department of Military and Strategic Studies. “The survey data we conducted confirms and explains why officers do not want to work there—for many officers, working at the Maxwell Air Force Base is not an attractive option. But it does not need to be this way.”
Kellyanne Conway, a former senior advisor to President Donald Trump, has been appointed to the Air Force Academy's advisory body, according to the White House. Conway's appointment to the academy's Board of Visitors—which reports to the president and the Pentagon—was one of nearly 30 appointments to "key positions" on various boards announced Dec. 8 in a White House press release, and the most prominent.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is cleaning house at Fort Hood.
During the Cold War, RC-135 Cobra Ball missile test tracking jet crews sat alert at one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth.