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.
More Than 1,300 Veterans Given Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
Roughly 1,300 patients at Veterans Affairs Department medical facilities have received hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 since late March, according to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
Live Nuclear Testing Could Resume in ‘Months’ if Needed, Official Says
A live nuclear test could be arranged within “months” if requested by the president, a top defense department nuclear official said Tuesday, following a report that the Trump administration has discussed the first American nuclear test in decades.
The Air Force Thunderbirds Say They Are Done with America Strong Flyovers
The team says the recent flyover of Southern California was their last even though it was thought more were originally in the works.
China is Stepping Up Its Preparedness for Armed Combat, Will Spend $178 Billion on Its Military This Year
China's President Xi Jinping has stressed his desire to bolster the nation's military, days after it was revealed the country is to spend $178 billion on its forces this year. Xi is said to have "stressed achieving the targets and missions of strengthening the national defense and armed forces for 2020, while maintaining effective epidemic control on a regular basis," according to state media.
Can NASA and Elon Musk Lift Off?
May 27’s historic launch from Cape Canaveral would make Musk's SpaceX the first private company to carry people into orbit—and open a new era for America's space program. If it works.
DOD Moves AI Development to Air Force’s Cloud One as JEDI Protest Drags on
Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center director, said his organization has decided to start using the Air Force’s Cloud One environment for its AI work for the foreseeable future. Time is of the essence, he said, since the U.S. military only has about five years before it’s decided whether the United States or China will be the dominant force in AI.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
Air Force Seeks Industry Partner for Data Loss Prevention Program
The Air Force is looking for a contractor to develop and demonstrate a proof of concept for an enterprise data loss prevention system at a military installation. A solicitation notice posted May 20 stated that the service branch wants a potential vendor to test the POC with at least 100 users and its ability to protect data on-premises or in cloud computing environments.
Army Eyes Kessel Run Model to Boost Software Capabilities
The Army is looking to bolster its in-house software capabilities by building software factories like Kessel Run, the Air Force's agile software development program. The Army's chief technology officer, William Robinson, said the service is planning to emulate the Air Force's model as part of a larger effort to better prepare soldiers to manipulate cloud-based applications, including those that perform data analytics, in the field.
The Inside Story of Two Supersonic Flights that Changed How America Operates the F-35
The F-35 pilot who flew the two infamous supersonic missions that inflicted damage to the jet’s stealth coating and tail wants to set the record straight.