Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initial delivery of COVID-19 vaccines could begin to states—with the exception of New York—next month, once final approvals are given by the Food and Drug Administration, President Donald J. Trump said Nov. 13.
The scene five years ago on the fast train from Amsterdam to Paris is the focus of the month-long trial of Ayoub El Khazzani, with testimony expected from the two U.S. servicemen and their friend, who have been hailed as heroes. (
Shortly after U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. took command this August, he vowed to quickly adopt a radical plan to overhaul the service in preparation for a future fight against an advanced nation, like Russia or China. But the Air Force of the future won’t really begin to take shape until fiscal 2023, after the service wraps up extensive force planning exercises and molds its budget to reflect its findings, Brown told Defense News in an exclusive Nov. 12 interview.
The United States Marine Corps activated a new unit called Marine Corps Forces Space Command as a subordinate organization to U.S. Space Command, the service announced Nov. 13. Marine Corps Forces Space Command will rely on space experts who previously supported Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command under U.S. Strategic Command.
The Air Force’s vision for the seamless, networked warfighting concept known as Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, is all about using information to dominate the battlespace: By interconnecting systems across every domain, U.S. forces would seek to increase the operational decision space for all U.S. commanders, overwhelming adversary commanders and shortening decision-making cycles for any opponent that must react.
Even though some military services have made recent changes—like offering refrigerators for women to store breast milk and trying to find better ways for women pilots to use the bathroom in-flight—a yearlong study by the Defense Health Board suggests the Pentagon is not providing proper medical care to women, and therefore wasting money and hurting readiness.
Tricare Open Season runs through Dec. 14, and this is the only time of year you can enroll in Tricare or make changes, unless you have a qualifying life event—such as a marriage or birth, permanent change of station move, or retirement.
The head of Taiwan's Air Force has joined the first test flight of a fighter jet following a fatal crash. All of Taiwan's aging F-5 jets were grounded and inspections carried out after a pilot was killed last month.
When a bystander collapsed at the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11, a nurse was nearby and rushed to his aid. She happened to be the wife of the nation’s top military officer, Gen. Mark A. Milley.