Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Not sure if this is a black swan, but I would not be surprised if the next administration kicks off an internal review of the services’ roles and responsibilities, with an eye toward reducing excessive redundancy in force structure and capabilities," said Mark Gunzinger, director of future projects at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
"I will be very curious to see how the Space Force shakes out in the next year or so. It's not going away but how it manifests itself could be different," said Victoria Samson, Washington Office director for Secure World Foundation.
Military housing tenants are still waiting for four of the 18 rights promised as part of a tenant bill of rights, aimed at fixing core issues with unsafe and unhealthy conditions in their privatized housing. DOD officials gave the privatized housing companies a deadline of Dec. 15 to say whether they will commit to the bill of rights, according to one source. In October, lawmakers were pressing defense officials for more information on what was holding up progress. As of Dec. 15, the senators hadn’t received a response from DOD. With the transition to a new administration, it’s unclear when the processes will be complete.
A Security Forces unit in California now has a new sentry: a small quadcopter that will conduct perimeter security for its 6,000-plus acre facility.
The shift from countering terrorists to Russia is also bringing cutting-edge fighter-jet simulators.
The governor of Guam, a military official and the island’s historic preservation officer have signed off on a new agreement that outlines how to mitigate damage to historic and culturally significant sites on the island during military training.
Wargaming how and where data moves may not sound as exciting as planning a top-secret infiltration mission. But leaders must understand how quickly troops and their equipment can communicate when up against an enemy. For the next year, the services will be running data-heavy exercises to determine how much and how fast data can be pushed through to warfighters.
Air Force Persistent Logistics: Sustaining Combat Power During 21st Century Competition and Conflict
“Adaptability, agility, and resilience are key attributes that will dominate the 21st century security environment. Persistent logistics—posture, sense, and respond—provides our strategic approach to delivering those attributes for the Air Force, and it solves the key operational problem of conducting logistics under attack in an era of great power competition,” writes Lt. Gen. Warren Berry, USAF deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering, and force protection, in a December forum paper released by AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
The 53rd Wing has consolidated its series of large-scale tests at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada into a new event called Black Flag. Black Flag aims to be the testing equivalent of the Air Force’s Red Flag training exercise, the wing said in a press release. Instead of building readiness, as Red Flag does, Black Flag is designed to build capability.