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April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting new challenges for the Air Force's defense cooperation efforts -- from reviewing arms sale requests to moving supplies overseas and transporting aircraft through American bases.

April 28, 2020

The Navy has infused $600 million into the shipbuilding industrial base during the coronavirus pandemic by reducing retainers and withholds, according to a senior service official.

April 28, 2020

Acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker wants to know by May 8 where senior military officials most want to transfer money so their proposals can be vetted and possibly included in the Defense Department's annual omnibus reprogramming request to Congress.

April 27, 2020

The Pentagon is bracing for a possible three-month delay across its major acquisition programs because of the COVID-19 outbreak, while Congress is eying another massive economic rescue package that could push billions in new funding to defense contractors.

April 23, 2020

The Pentagon's hypersonics "war room" is closely tracking how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the supply chain, especially smaller companies that make key components supporting the technology, according to a senior defense official.

April 23, 2020

The Navy admiral overseeing its aircraft carriers said the global COVID-19 outbreak is not having an immediate effect on the lead ship in its new class of flattops.

April 22, 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon continues to conduct analysis and war games pertaining to its execution of the National Defense Strategy, including an assessment of Navy force structure, despite challenges posed by COVID-19.

April 22, 2020

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters today the service is not yet projecting significant delays to major acquisition programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but said a three-month slow-down isn't out of the realm of possibility.

April 21, 2020

Lockheed Martin said today it is lowering its sales guidance for the year, primarily because of expected challenges to F-35 production related to the coronavirus crisis.

April 20, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the COVID-19 outbreak will delay all major programs by about three months and require Congress to supplement the Defense Department with "billions and billions" of dollars to reimburse contractors experiencing virus-related challenges.

April 17, 2020

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said Thursday he is meeting with Congress twice a week to discuss how to support the service's wide-ranging COVID-19 relief efforts -- from transporting personal protective equipment to mitigating industrial base impact to making it easier for officials to work on classified projects from home.

April 17, 2020

The Army will finish fielding the first capability set of the Distributed Common Ground System after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, presumed to be this summer, according to a service official.

April 16, 2020

The Navy has established a "rapid action team" to help implement new technologies in shipyards and aboard ships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 16, 2020

Fielding of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System for initial operational testing may be delayed up to a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to senior service officials.

April 16, 2020

The Air Force's top planner said today that the possibility of shrinking budgets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is on his mind as he plans the service's spending request for fiscal year 2022 and beyond, though he's not yet sure what impact the current crisis will have on Air Force investments.

April 14, 2020

Air Force Ventures has teamed up with the Pentagon's industrial policy office to collect ideas on unique ways to help the COVID-19 national response effort and has already received a number of unexpected pitches, like drones that can support logistics missions.

April 14, 2020

Analysts say the ongoing economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic could hurt the Defense Department's work with nontraditional contractors.

April 13, 2020

The Defense Department is scrambling to increase teleworking tools and network capacity with many employees working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, as Pentagon officials say there will be some "permanency" to the new capabilities they've introduced in recent weeks.

April 13, 2020

At the beginning of the year, before the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic radically altered American society, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said one of his goals for 2020 was to position the Pentagon for the "irreversible implementation" of the National Defense Strategy and its new focus on great power competition with China and Russia.

April 10, 2020

The Air Force is continuing mission-essential training as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, but the head of Air Education and Training Command said today, the service has made changes to operations to adhere to social distancing guidance, including reducing the number of recruits it sends to basic military training to 60% its normal rate.

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