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.
Space Force’s First 7 Recruits Graduate from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Airman Benjamin Nevoraski’s story is one a lot of people who’ve joined the armed services can tell: he had the feeling that life wasn’t going the way he wanted it to go, so he shook things up. On Dec. 10, when he graduated from basic training, the Air Force Secretary and two generals had a word with him.
Military Rape Cases Have No Statute of Limitations, Supreme Court Decides
In an 8-0 opinion issued Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that military personnel accused of a rape between 1986 and 2006—a period previously subject to a five-year statute of limitations—can be charged for the crime.
Board Job Likely Bars Biden Pentagon Chief from Some Arms Deals
Retired Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for defense secretary, may have to stay out of decisions on the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, because of his ties to its engine-maker, Raytheon Technologies Corp.
Survey: Despite Interest in Commercial SATCOM, US Military Favors Legacy Systems
A survey of military organizations conducted by the Government Business Council and satellite operator ViaSat reveals that many don’t have access to modern technologies to communicate and share data despite growing availability of commercial satellite services.
Mitchell Institute’s ‘Aerospace Advantage’ Podcast, Ep. 2: ‘An Air Force on the Brink: The Case for Modernization’
In Episode 2, host John Baum asks a crucial question: “Why is the Air Force aircraft inventory so small and old?” In gaining better insight regarding how we got here, the episode also emphasizes important lessons that will prove crucial to the service as it seeks to buy the next generation of combat aircraft. To dig into the details surrounding this challenge, Baum speaks with individuals who had a front-row view of key historic decisions, including retired USAF Col. Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger, the Mitchell Institute’s director of future concepts and capability assessments, and retired USAF Gen. John Corley, former Air Combat Command commander.
USAF Solicits Bids on $953M Contract to Revamp Base Defense in Europe, Africa
The Air Force released a solicitation on Dec. 9 inviting defense industry companies to apply for a $953 million contract to support more aggressive U.S. air base air defense in Europe and Africa as the service adapts its power projection concepts to operate under a greater threat of attack.
Dayton Designated an Air Force Innovation ‘Digital Hub’
Dayton, Ohio, is now an Air Force Innovation digital hub, a designation that Air Force and Dayton advocates say should open doors to greater cooperation between private-sector innovators and Air Force decision-makers. The designation was announced on Dec. 11 at the virtual AFWERX Accelerate event.
Joint All-Domain Awareness
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SPONSORED: PBS AEROSPACE Introduces New Engine Model for Small, Tactical UAVs, Drones, and Missiles
The latest addition to the PBS AEROSPACE Inc. engine’s stable is the PBS TJ100P—a response to the growing demand for a wide variety of small tactical UAVs and missile systems that require reliable engines of greater thrust, performance, and lower overall cost.
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For Air Force Leader, Making Video on Racism He's Faced Was ‘the Right Thing to Do’
Just before Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. was confirmed as Air Force Chief of Staff in June, he issued an emotional and personal video message about racism in the military. At the time, the country was roiling in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, and Brown, who is Black, felt compelled to speak out. On NPR's “Morning Edition,” he explains why.
Navy Creates New Warrant Officer Role to Operate Its Carrier-Based Tanker Drones
The U.S. Navy has announced that its Boeing MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial vehicles, which will provide aerial refueling from its aircraft carriers, will be operated by warrant officers with a new specialty designation—the aerial vehicle operator. This comes as the flight-test program for the drone continues to make progress, with a first sortie recently flown with the refueling pod attached.
Search Underway for Missing USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailor
Efforts are underway to rescue a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt who may have gone overboard on Dec. 10, Navy officials have announced.
New Images of Tempest Sixth-Generation Aircraft Revealed During UK Industry Engagement Event
Team Tempest and the Royal Air Force recently held a virtual event to provide an update about the development opportunities of the new sixth-generation aircraft to industry and government representatives from Northern Ireland, the first of a series of events to engage with industries across the U.K.