Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller told a group of reporters traveling with him this week that he cannot wait to leave his job, according to a transcript of the conversation posted on the Defense Department’s website.
Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have fretted that confirming another retired general as defense secretary will further tilt a Pentagon imbalance toward uniformed military voices and erode America’s founding principle of civilian control of the military.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller on Jan. 14, speaking to reporters, said the Defense Department was well-prepared for the historically tense high-security event this week. “At this point, there’s a machine that’s cranking on that,” he told reporters aboard a Defense Department plane.
An Associated Press review of public records, social media posts, and videos shows at least 21 current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have been identified as being at or near the Capitol riot, with more than a dozen others under investigation but not yet named. In many cases, those who stormed the Capitol appeared to employ tactics, body armor and technology such as two-way radio headsets that were similar to those of the very police they were confronting.
Space Policy Directive-7 highlights the United States’ ever-growing dependence on space-based positioning, navigation, and timing.
“SolarWinds wasn’t normal. No one is going to take that against you and take your certification away against a nation-state actor penetrating in a way that has never been done before — absolutely not,” said Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. “You’re too critical to us.”
A U.S. airman based in Italy has died because of the coronavirus, family and friends say, which would mark the first Active-duty death in the Air Force and the fourth such death among Active-duty service members.
How British Tornados Used a Special Weapon to Ravage Saddam’s Airfields in Daring Desert Storm Raids
Slamming Iraq’s bases at ultra-low level with JP233 runway denial weapons was among the riskiest Royal Air Force combat actions since World War II.
“It is important to remember Desert Storm, not only for the definitive revelations and demonstrations about airpower, but also because of valuable insights that apply to our current and future wars,” writes retired USAF Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.