Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden Administration to Seek Five-Year Extension on Key Nuclear Arms Treaty in First Foray with Russia
President Biden is seeking a five-year extension with Russia on the only remaining treaty limiting the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals just days before it expires, said two senior U.S. officials. At the same time, his administration is preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending a newly requested intelligence assessment of its recent activities. The officials said Biden is ruling out a “reset” in bilateral relations with Moscow as many new U.S. presidents have done since the end of the Cold War.
U.S. Air Force officials are talking about ordering new Lockheed Martin F-16s two decades after signing the last production contract.
WeaponONE Demonstrates Digital Twin Technologies That Deliver Software-Defined Weapon Capabilities to the Battlefield
The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate recently hosted a demonstration of the Team Eglin Weapons Digital Enterprise WeaponONE (W1) program at the Virtual Warfare Munitions Simulator, which highlighted the significant progress made in the past year as well as the value of digital engineering to warfighters. The demo was based on a model of the 24-hour Air Tasking Order (ATO) cycle of a collaborative swarming weapons system prototype called “Gray Wolf,” and showed how data is collected from weapons in-flight, combined with data from the battlefield environment, and sent back through the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) to digital twins.
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.
GS-11 supervisors with 10 years time-in-service along with O-3s and E-7s with two years time-in-grade, can now apply for the online Air Force Coaching Culture Facilitator Course Pilot scheduled to begin in April 2021.Coaching is a voluntary process facilitating growth and development for both individuals and groups. Through structured dialogue, coaches provide members with new perspectives to help them achieve greater clarity and inspire them to achieve their personal and professional potential.
The Air Force has created a new career field specifically for foreign area officers, who often work in embassies overseas and as attaches to foster cooperation with other nations’ militaries. Col. Lawrence Pravecek, the chief of the Air Force’s international airmen division, said in a Jan. 12 interview that the new 16F Air Force specialty code will help foreign area officers concentrate on those jobs, advance in their careers, and show the service’s commitment to international cooperation.
Recon Marines are working with Air Force pararescue jumpers, known as PJs, along with combat controllers. “We noticed between force recon and the special tactics squadron that we have a lot of mirror capabilities and we do a lot of the same type of training,” Maj. Joshua Chambers, the 3rd Recon operations officer, told Marine Corps Times. “We wanted to kind of share with each other had to offer as far as, procedures, tactics and how can we make each other stronger,” he added.
Most are optimistic about U.S. policies and trans-Atlantic relations, according to a new Pew Research Center survey in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The system is expected to launch in 2021 and the sixth satellite is slated for launch in 2022 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
A video posted to a popular aviation channel on YouTube shows the view from a drone as it flies through Building 4 of the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.