Force

SUPPLEMENT

Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1

Today, the department released the memorandum for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1 – Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services. This memorandum updates previous DoD coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) laboratory testing guidance and rescinds and replaces Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Memorandum, “Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) -Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Clinical Laboratory Testing Services,” January 11, 2021. 

This force health protection (FHP) supplement provides guidance on COVID-19 testing for eligible persons suspected of having contracted COVID-19, and applies Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing guidance in the DoD context. DoD Components will continue to employ clinical diagnostic testing1 in accordance with this guidance. This guidance also supports surveillance testing and screening testing (asymptomatic individuals) conducted to decrease operational risk within DoD, consistent with applicable law and in accordance with Under Secretary of

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EXERCISE

Robot dogs join US Air Force exercise giving glimpse at potential battlefield of the future

Emerging from United States Air Force planes, four-legged robot dogs scampered onto an airfield in the Mojave Desert, offering a possible preview into the future of warfare.

But the exercise conducted last week, one of the US military’s largest ever high-tech experiments, wasn’t a movie set.

Flying into a possibly hostile airstrip aboard an Air Force C-130, the robot dogs were sent outside the aircraft to scout for threats before the humans inside would be exposed to them, according to an Air Force news release dated September 3.

The electronic canines are just one link in what the US military calls the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). It uses artificial intelligence and rapid data analytics to detect and counter threats to US military assets in space and possible attacks on the US homeland with missiles or other means.
A Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype operates at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on September 3.

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and

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