Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Korea said it scrambled fighter jets in response to an intrusion into its air defence identification zone by 19 Russian and Chinese military aircraft on Dec. 22. Four Chinese warplanes entered the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) followed by 15 Russian aircraft, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
Retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, debunks five common misconceptions surrounding the modernization of the ICBM Force. They include: A land-based component of the triad is not necessary; ICBMS are “destabilizing;” extending the life of Minuteman III is more cost effective; “There is no rush for a Minuteman III replacement;” and “the GBSD award was non-competitive.”
Buried inside the massive $2.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress on Monday was a $286 million lifeline for General Atomics that will keep the Air Force buying MQ-9 Reaper drones at least one more year.
'You Were in the Situation Room, We Were High-Fiving:' Airmen Brief DOD Chief on Hostage Rescue Support Mission
On Oct. 31, members of SEAL Team Six inserted into Nigeria via CV-22 Ospreys and MC-130J Commando II special operations aircraft to rescue Philip Walton, who had been kidnapped from his farm in bordering Niger days before. The mission was an unqualified success: Walton was recovered safely, and the SEALs killed all but one of his seven captors while sustaining no casualties themselves. The 100th Air Refueling Wing, at RAF Mildenhall, U.K., sometimes called "the only gas station in town" because its capabilities are unique to the region, supplied five of its 15 KC-135 Stratotankers to the mission, supporting the special operations aircraft from 352nd Special Operations Wing, co-located at Mildenhall.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will see nearly a 12 percent increase in total funding under the full-year spending deal approved by Congress on Monday, another significant financial boost for a department that has seen steady growth over the last two decades.
They soar into the desert skies, piloting some of the most sophisticated aircraft the world has ever seen. They have an innate understanding of high-performance aircraft and are always pushing the boundaries on performance. They are the small cadre of flight test pilots who graduate from the US Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California -- and this year they include a group of five women, a record number.
Alfred Thomas Farrar, a former Tuskegee Airman, died on Dec. 17 in Virginia only days before a ceremony planned to honor his service in the program that famously trained Black military pilots during World War II. He was 99. Farrar would have turned 100 years old on Dec. 26.
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The Navy replaced a fleet of C-130s configured to support nuclear deterrent operations with jet-powered aircraft just over three decades ago.
The Space Force is preparing to launch a new effort to manage military and commercial satellite communications networks and link them to ensure troops in the field are always connected, even in the face of enemy jamming. This next stage in the rapid prototyping program is focused on ensuring 24/7 SATCOM availability for future All-Domain Operations (ADO).
Innovation has always been a hallmark of the U.S. Air Force. But with the accelerating pace of technology development, the service needs a new approach to modern design to make the latest technologies profoundly more accessible.
USAF C-130s dropped 64 bundles to the 500-island archipelago of Palau earlier this month, providing aid to people on the islands, while also providing airdrop training for C-130 crews, according to a Dec. 17 release. “Operation Christmas Drop is one of those exercises, it’s one of those missions, that you don’t forget,” said Maj. Joseph Spitz, Operation Christmas Drop mission commander, in a video release. “It’s got a special place in everyone’s heart who accomplishes it. It’s something you can’t duplicate in any other sense.”