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Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the U.S. Air Force has backed off from a schedule revealed in July 2018 to fly the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider for the first time on Dec. 4, 2021, the first aircraft still may emerge from Building 401 on Site 4 at Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., during the next 12 months.
“The Air Force is too small to meet COCOM requirements, yet too big to balance current ops, readiness, and modernization within its current budget,” writes former Air Combat Command boss and retired USAF Gen. James M. Holmes. “Air Force choices will affect the alternatives available to national security decision-makers and warfighters for years to come. Successful resolution of these issues will require updated strategies and approaches to budget planning and execution.”
A panel of leading experts on EW/EMS superiority discuss efforts to develop the strategy, doctrine, and capabilities essential for success in future operating environments with AFA Mitchell Institute Dean retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula.
But medical issues not connected to the military are not covered under the Veterans Affairs Department’s Foreign Medical Program, even if they may present serious health threats to veterans. In the case of COVID-19, that means veterans living outside the United States can’t get any medical coverage for testing or treatment, even if most veterans in the U.S. can get that assistance.
If confirmed as Secretary of Defense, retired Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III would inherit a Pentagon that has lost its technological edge. But it isn’t too late to fight back, two national security experts write.
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, a female-led organization working to end U.S. conflicts and militarism abroad, was quick to celebrate "quashing" Flournoy's potential nomination following Politico's story on Dec. 7. But Code Pink's founder failed to mention that retired Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, like many retired generals, has served on corporate boards since his retirement in 2016, most notably as a member of the board of directors of Raytheon Technologies, a large aerospace and defense firm specializing in missile defense and smart weapons.
The aircraft was taking off along with seven other aircraft when it suffered what some local media have reported as an engine failure. As a consequence, the aircrew ejected while the aircraft ran off the runway where it came to a halt. Images taken by bystanders and published by Australian media outlets show the Super Hornet with a collapsed nose gear in the grass beside the tarmac.
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is among the most famous aviators of all time. The airplane was his brush, the sky his canvas, and flying was his art.