Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executives want clarity on Defense Department guidance that suggests they must choose between sending employees to factories or defaulting on contracts.
Financial Cost of Coronavirus Leads Top Counterintelligence Official to Relax Top-Secret Clearance Rules
The government's top counterintelligence official is telling security officers across the Executive Branch to relax rules for vetting workers with Top Secret clearances, citing financial hardships that may hit as a result of the coronavirus. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said March 23 that workers with financial problems needed to be reconsidered in a new context, not as security risks or disqualified to hold a clearance.
The Veterans Affairs Department plans to pause its community care program for 90 days in order to free space across private health care systems for coronavirus patients and prevent veterans’ exposure.
In a March 24 legal filing, Amazon Web Services accused the Defense Department of attempting to “gerrymander” revisions to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract it proposed to make earlier this month.
Next month, the Air Force is expected to get a new training system for its airborne ICBM command post after the older system was damaged in devastating floods in 2019. Offutt Air Force Base, located near Omaha, Neb., is set to receive a shipment for a virtual Airborne Launch Control System trainer in April, said Lt. Col. Matthew Hlivko, commander of the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron.
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A congressionally appointed commission will recommend that women be required to register for the draft, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee and a committee aide confirmed March 24. “The commissioners have made significant recommendations about the future of national service. In the context of future great power competition or modern pandemic response, all of their proposals deserve attention and consideration,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said in a statement after being briefed by several members of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, is evolving its equipment for the women who serve in security forces on the base.
New Video of the Russian Su-57 Shows Missile Launch from the Jet’s Side-Weapon Bay for the First Time
Along with outstanding aerial footage, a new promotional video released by Russia’s defense ministry seems to show the use of an air-to-air missile fitted inside the wing root bays.