The new attention put on the ICBM mission is paying dividends in terms of the seasoning of the ICBM cadre, said Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, head of Air Force Global Strike Command. Speaking with reporters in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6, Kowalski said the Air Force used to have to press missileers into service; the missileers would then put in for transfer to space operations as soon as they were allowed. Lately, however, “we no longer have to non-volunteer people for the ICBM business,” he noted. In fact, “we’re actually turning them away,” he added. (For more coverage of Kowalski’s roundtable, see Deterrence Will Suffer and New Strategic Stuff and Back to Guam.)
The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness revised the Defense Department’s COVID-19 guidelines. The new rules clarify what’s meant by being “up to date” on vaccinations and when personnel must wear masks in vehicles, among other changes.