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.
US, Japan Militaries Launch Keen Sword 21 Exercise
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command forces teamed up with units from the Japan Self-Defense Force and launched exercise Keen Sword 21 on Oct. 26—bringing together approximately 9,000 service members from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps.
Airman Earns Bronze Star for Supporting Airstrikes in Iraq That Killed More Than 100 Enemy Fighters
Master Sgt. Joe Rodriguez, a radio frequency transmissions systems noncommissioned officer in charge with the 726th Air Control Squadron, was awarded the medal on Oct. 9 for his actions during a deployment to al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, from October 2019 to June 2020.
Is Iraq’s Military Good Enough for US Troops to Leave?
After 17 years of fighting Saddam, al-Qaida, and the Islamic State group, officials say support for Baghdad and its security forces remains key to fending off Iran.
OPINION: ‘Efficiencies’ Alone Cannot Solve US Defense Budget Crunch
“We are not going to ‘efficiency’ our way out of the hard choices, which the next administration will face fitting an already straining defense posture under a flatlined budget,” writes Aviation Week Network Contributing Columnist Steven Grundman.
DOD Official Confident in Cybersecurity Certification Body’s Business Model
The volunteer accreditation body that will handle the Defense Department’s cybersecurity certification effort for contractors will be able to support itself financially, according to the official leading the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.
Space Experts Roll Out Policy Advice as Election Day Nears
Aerospace Corp.'s policy center intends to influence future debates on issues such as space traffic management and military space doctrine.
Israel To Get Direct Access To SBIRS Sats & More F-35 Capabilities; Esper Visiting
The United States, pressed by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Washington last week, will grant Israel direct access to highly classified satellites such as the missile detection birds known as SBIRS and ensure Israel gets critical defense platforms in a very short time by using production slots planned for the U.S armed forces.
The Military Is Developing a 'Close Combat Assault Ration' Up to 40 Percent Lighter than an MRE
As the U.S. military prepares for future fights that may see units dispersed and on their own for extended periods of time, it needs new, lighter rations that will keep troops fueled for the mission. The Army's Combat Feeding Directorate in Natick, Mass., is working on solving that problem now.
The State Department Is Now Warning of Impending Drone Attacks and How to Survive Them
These kinds of ominous drone alerts belonged only in dystopian fiction just a short time ago.