Snapshot: DOD and COVID-19
Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top Enlisted Leader Towberman Officially Joins the U.S. Space Force
He will advise the Space Force’s enlisted corps and will serve as an adviser to Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett.
C.I.A. Hunts for Authentic Virus Totals in China, Dismissing Government Tallies
Intelligence officials have told the White House for weeks that China has vastly understated the spread of the coronavirus and the damage the pandemic has done.
Nothing Prepared Air Force Academy's Top General for Coronavirus Fight
He’s flown bombing missions through Iraqi anti-aircraft fire and planned America’s air war against the Islamic State group. But nothing prepared Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria for coronavirus, suicides, and a struggle to bring online learning and social distancing to what could be the nation’s most close-knit college campus.
Pentagon Releases FAQ on New Progress Payments Guidance
Defense Department acquisition officials have released answers to frequently asked questions about implementing new guidance to increase progress payments to contractors during the COVID-19 crisis.
DOD Expands Care to COVID-19 Patients in Three Locations
Military medical support in New York City, New Orleans, and Dallas will expand to include COVID-19 patients, and the Navy hospital ship in New York Harbor will begin pier-side screening to reduce the backlog at hospitals, the Pentagon announced the morning of April 3. The shift comes after commanders of the USNS hospital ships Mercy and Comfort said they’ve remained mostly vacant since they arrived in Los Angeles and New York City, respectively.
Lockheed Adds 1,000 Employees Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Wants to Hire 5,000 More
The defense giant also said it would give bonuses to employees who can’t work from home.
More Than 110 VA Sites Now Dealing with Coronavirus Patients, 78 Patient Deaths across System
Here is the latest map of where Veterans Affairs medical center coronavirus cases and deaths are located across America.
NGA to Tap Commercial Data on Military Targets
"Basically, if that's where the bulk of the data is, then we will work where the data exists," David Gauthier, head of NGA's Commercial and Business Operations Group, said about using commercial imagery analysis.
Dozens More Military Bases Have Suspected 'Forever Chemical' Contamination
The number of military installations with known contamination or suspected discharges of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, continues to rise, according to an environmental advocacy group keeping tally based on information obtained from the Defense Department.
Can You Pass the COVID-19 Smell Test? You Might Have to Next Time You Head on Base in South Korea
Recent studies suggest that a loss of smell may be a symptom of COVID-19.