Covid-19 : Operation Hunker Down & Health Condition Bravo At the Pentagon
(Source : [email protected] – Abstract -) – The Pentagon [on March 16th, 2020] will transition to a largely virtual workplace to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus while the military suspends all domestic travel until May 11 that is not designated critical. (…) .
Many offices will “voluntarily go to minimal staffing,” including staggering shifts in the building “to limit cross-interaction,” said a senior Defense official who briefed reporters on Saturday. That also means that as of Sunday, the Pentagon is now at Health Condition Bravo, which bars foreign visitors, those without an access card, and anyone who has been abroad in designated countries over the last 14 days. ” (…)
- Access to secret material: One lingering question is whether some officials will be able to do their work if they regularly rely on classified information. But senior Defense officials who briefed reporters insisted those limits will not have any measurable impact on operations. “If the use of classified information is essential to your mission, then you will continue to have access to the Pentagon and will not be placed on telework,” one official said.
- New travel restrictions: The drastic measures also include a halt to domestic travel, except in “compelling cases where the travel is mission-essential, for humanitarian reasons, or warranted due to extreme hardship,” Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist announced late Friday.
“Travel by patients and medical providers for the purpose of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their family members is authorized,” his memo stipulates. “Individuals who have already initiated travel (including intermediate stops) are authorized to continue to their final destination. (…)”
The new guidance comes on top of measures instituted late last week to halt all travel to the most affected areas of the world and as the Navy reported on Sunday night the first sailor aboard ship, Voir l’article en entier