Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mitchell Institute ‘Aerospace Advantage’ Podcast, Ep. 6—Commanding the Air Campaign: The Desert Storm Air Campaign 30 Year Later
In Episode 6, “Commanding the Air War: The Desert Storm Air Campaign 30 Years Later,” Mitchell hosts a conversation between retired Gen. Chuck Horner and retired Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, the joint forces air component commander who led the air war and his chief offensive air campaign planner. Their air campaign marked a turning point in warfare. As they walk through the planning to the execution of the first attacks, which exploited the advantages of stealth and were based on a strategy of airpower, they reflect on the implications of their success and how it would change warfare and shape the development of air power—and counter air power—capabilities for decades to come. This winning approach contrasts sharply with those that evolved in the conflicts of the first decades of the 2000s, in which our military became entrenched in nation-building. Given the current security challenges facing the United States, the lessons of Desert Storm are more important than ever.
As the Biden administration prepares to inherit the Space Force, it has a profound choice to make: Is space a commons to share or a territory to defend? Yes, the Biden administration could try to convince Congress to formally change where the Space Force fits into the Pentagon’s organization chart, demoting it from its standing as a branch of the military. But the more meaningful action would be to choose to see space as a commons, breaking with former President Donald J. Trump’s orbital policies that treated a war in space as inevitable—and America’s to win.
As Joe Biden begins the first year of his presidency, there is still much we don’t know about where he and his vice president, Kamala Harris, stand on major issues in civil and national security space. The pandemic and economic recovery are sure to drive Biden’s initial agenda.
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The Trump administration did not reveal the "designated survivor" for Wednesday's inauguration ceremony, and it remains unclear whether the White House named one.
The Air Force said Jan. 19 it is offering a series of voluntary force management programs to some officers and enlisted Airmen in a variety of career fields, as part of an effort to fix a coronavirus-driven overmanning problem. The voluntary programs include an expanded Palace Chase program, which allows Active-duty Airmen to serve out the rest of their service commitment in the Air Force Reserve, and limited Active-duty service commitment waivers, the Air Force Personnel Center said in a release.
The Federal Communications Commission voted on the evening of Jan. 19 to reject a request from federal agencies to stall the controversial order allowing Ligado Networks to deploy a terrestrial network in the lower band of the electromagnetic spectrum.
No currently available commercial alternative can provide a stand-alone backup to GPS, concludes a long-awaited study led by the Transportation Department. While some systems can stand in for GPS’s timing function, none provide robust enough positioning and navigation capabilities, the study concludes.
Staff Sgt. Jordon Varnier, crime prevention program manager for the 30th Security Forces Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., was selected to be one of eight finalists for the 2021 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo.
President Donald J. Trump did not ultimately change the course of either the Pentagon’s Air Force One replacement or JEDI cloud computing programs, the Pentagon’s outgoing acquisition chief said Jan. 19. Ellen M. Lord, who exited the office at noon on Jan. 20 as the Trump administration came to a close, told a group of reporters that despite reported pressures and public statements from the President, Trump’s influence on defense acquisition programs was extremely small.
Air Force veteran Isabelle Hyon DuCharme had spent nearly a decade attempting to find her mother’s family in South Korea—but it took just three days for the internet to find her relatives after her request for help went viral.