Coronavirus company news summary – US Army employs counter-terror tech – Singapore cancels Exercise Wallaby

14 May 2020 (Last Updated May 14th, 2020 09:16)

14 May

The US Army is using counter-terrorism technology Joint Analytic Real-Time Virtual Information Sharing System (JARVISS) to monitor the spread of Covid-19. The software is designed to compile information on criminal activity threats and natural disaster in and near by army installations and stand-alone facilities. It gathers information from more than 80,000 sources, including social media, news media, blogs and government agencies. With the addition of another information layer to track COVID-centric data, the service is now able to assess the virus’ impact on installation readiness, training and recruiting.

The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded $134m contract to Federal Resources Supply Company for medical supplies to nursing homes. The company has already started deliveries of the equipment for medical personnel, reported Reuters. The equipment will be delivered to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the US and its territories. FEMA will designate the delivery locations. US Department of Defense spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews said deliveries include 1.2 million goggles, 64.4 million pairs of gloves 12.8 million gowns and 1.8 million masks.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has cancelled its largest overseas exercise this year due to Covid-19. Exercise Wallaby was to be conducted at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in Queensland, Australia. Singapore Ministry of Defence (MoD) noted that smaller-scale training activities in Australia may be carried out if current situations improve. In a statement, the MoD said: “Our bilateral defence ties with Australia continue to be strong. We look forward to future editions of Exercise Wallaby.”