More than a dozen military bases stretching from Fort Drum in New York to Fort Hood in Texas were closed on Feb. 16 as large swaths of the country were gripped by freezing temperatures and dangerous weather conditions.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s planned artificial intelligence tool to help de-conflict joint fires in joint all-domain command and control will undergo live testing in the first half of 2024, says program manager Paul Zablocky.
The Air Force has deployed Raytheon's High-Energy Laser Weapon System 2—a system designed to counter drone threats—to an unidentified combatant command base abroad for operator training and an initial performance evaluation, the service announced in a Feb. 17 press release.
Iraqi and Syrian forces still depend on foreign air support, even though the U.S.-led coalition has largely shifted away from hands-on training to advising remotely out of a few consolidated bases, according to an inspector general report on the anti-Islamic State group mission released Feb. 16.
“Roscosmos has completed domestic proceedings to harmonize the memorandum of understanding between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of People’s Republic of China on cooperation to create the International Lunar Research Station,” the Roscosmos Press Office told SpaceNews in an email.
The Pentagon is preparing to deploy thousands of Active-duty U.S. military personnel to support COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country, according to Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, head of U.S. Northern Command.
The department also was able to reduce cybersecurity risks as it bought IT products and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an inspector general report concluded.
“It has been nearly 25 years since Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged,” writes Aviation Week Network Contributing Columnist Richard Aboulafia, who also works as vice president of analysis at the Teal Group. “Given Boeing’s significant engineering cuts, program execution problems, clear prioritization of shareholder returns, extremely uncertain product development road map, and deteriorating market share outlook, it is time to consider whether Boeing Commercial Aircraft (BCA) is destined to share Douglas’ fate.”
“I believe the government should approve the proposed merger, but with conditions,” writes Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the nonprofit Lexington Institute and CEO of Source Associates. “The principal condition should be an enforceable guarantee that Lockheed will act as a merchant supplier of rocket engines to the marketplace once it acquires Aerojet, rather than being allowed to leverage Aerojet’s product lines to disadvantage rivals.”
The Feb. 15 attack caught U.S. personnel in their bunks and destroyed contractor living facilities.