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Carter Addresses Concerns About Terrorist GroupThis story contains video.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has shown determination to attack Americans and the United States and is of serious concern. Video | Transcript

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Trends in Iraq Moving in Right Direction, Hard Work Remains, Dempsey Says

The Iraqi government has made gains, and trends there are moving in the right direction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Pentagon. Story | Transcript | Special

U.S., Japan, South Korea Hold Security Talks

The United States, South Korea and Japan concluded what a joint statement called a “productive and substantive” two-day security meeting in Washington. Story | Statement

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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets Emily Elizabeth Kliewer, Navy Child of the Year nominee, during the annual Military Child of the Year awards gala in Arlington, Va., April 16, 2015. The event recognizes outstanding military children representing each of the service branches. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

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Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.Defense Secretary Ash Carter begins his first trip as secretary to the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen and modernize alliances as a priority for 21st Century defense and sustaining U.S global leadership.The Defense Department is working with FEMA to bolster U.S. preparedness for hazards of all types to strengthen our collective security, resilience and readiness. The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov’s special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building The Defense Department salutes our nation's heroes on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2015. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration.The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow. The budget funds ongoing strategic priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and sustaining a global approach to countering violent extremists.The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.The Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the

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Remembering World War II

Doolittle Raiders Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole, Staff Sgt. David J. Thatcher Doolittle Raider to Present Medal to Air Force Museum

One of two surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will present the Raiders' Congressional Gold Medal to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony April 18, the 73rd anniversary of the famed World War II air raid on Japan. Story | Video

Face of Defense

Army Sgt. 1st Class Chylciale M. Washington Army NCO Acclaimed for SHARP Work

Being the best at whatever she does is nothing new for Army Sgt. 1st Class Chylciale M. Washington. Story | Special

In The Spotlight

Panetta Portrait Carter Unveils Leon Panetta’s Official DoD Portrait

Defense Secretary Ash Carter helped unveil the official portrait of Leon Panetta, 23rd secretary of defense, during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Story | Photos

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia Battaglia: DoD-PGA Tour Partnership Gives Back to America

The Defense Department’s partnership with the PGA Tour organization of professional golfers is a means of giving back to not only the military, but also to America, the Pentagon’s top senior enlisted leader said. Story

DoD Broadcast Channel Shifts to On-demand

DoD News will continue producing and airing current military news and information for distribution on the American Forces Network and through the Internet at Defense.gov, both live and on demand. Story

Military Families

New Parent Program Supports Child Development Needs

A well-established program provides resources to help parents understand the critical first three years of a child’s life and brings child care experts right into military families’ homes. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) takes part in a training exercise during #ContinuingPromise2015 @southcomwatch http://t.co/rruScgqQS4
An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter lands during a training exercise on Camp Smith, Hawaii. #Rebalance http://t.co/bgm2JxlgJN
RT @DoDNews: .@CENTCOM spokesman on combating #ISIL - "Iraqis have momentum & continue to gain confidence conducting operations" http://t.…
RT @CENTCOM: US, Iraqi defense leaders reaffirm commitment: http://t.co/D4rsUj3sHJ
Amphibious assault vehicles launch from the well deck of the USS Ashland (LSD 48). #rebalance @USNavy http://t.co/QlqmN5v71K
RT @DoDNews: "I’ve met with our men and women in uniform in our country and abroad to say thank you," says #SecDef Carter #pressbriefing #m
RT @DoDNews: In the last 2 months since he took the oath, the #SecDef says, "I’ve been working to make the priorities I set for the #DoD pr…
RT @DoDNews: #Panetta: Why Bravo [in the portrait]? As Harry Truman said, "If you want a friend in this town, get a dog." http://t.co/Z4WA…
RT @DoDNews: #Panetta thanks many friends, family. "I was privileged to have one of the best teams any #SecDef could ever have." http://t.c…
RT @DoDNews: LIVE @ 10 AM EDT: SecDef Will Speak at the Portrait Unveiling Ceremony Honoring Former SecDef Leon Panetta. http://t.co/1NgNd…
"Truth is military kids are some of our most successful citizens." -#SecDef Carter #KidsSe rveToo #PurpleUp http://t.co/1DFMfE5Qo7
#PurpleUp and show your support for military kids by wearing purple today. #KidsServeToo http://t.co/eyFlJdq1Dw
#SecDef Ash Carter hosts an honor cordon to welcome Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, at the Pentagon http://t.co/0dFHY3HJVI
RT @DoDNews: "We try to build a very capable force that is dynamic enough where it can shift," says Rosenbach #ForceOfTheFuture #cybersecur
RT @DoDNews: It's important to be flexible regarding the #cyber workforce of the 21st century. #forceofthefuture http://t.co/MtXuQ84Sy7

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An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 22 provides search and rescue support during a search and rescue exercise conducted by the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during #ContinuingPromise2015 in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kameren Guy Hodnett


An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter lands to pick up "wounded" airmen from the casualty collection point during training on Camp Smith, Hawaii, April 12, 2015. #Rebalance
U.S. Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher S Muncy


U.S. #Soldiers partake in exercise Saber Junction 15 at the U.S. Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, April 11, 2015. Saber Junction 15 prepares #NATO and partner nation forces for offensive, defensive, and stability operations while promoting interoperability. U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Shardesia Washington and Spc. Brian Chaney

Check out the photo essay at http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6237


#SecDef Ash Carter thanks former SecDef Leon Panetta for his service during today's portrait unveiling. Panetta posed for the photo with his beloved golden retriever, Bravo.

DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st class Clydell Kinchen


USS Ashland conducts amphibious operations.
SEA OF JAPAN (March 30, 2015) Amphibious assault vehicles assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) launch from the well deck of the Whidbey-Island-class amphibious assault ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). Ashland is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st MEU, is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. ( U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk/Released) #Rebalance


Blowing Smoke
A Marine engages targets from a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) above San Clemente Island, California, March 20, 2015. COMPTUEX gives the Marines of VMM-161 the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios and hone their skill sets.


Once Upon a Starry Night
U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) break down a rapid ground refueling during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near 29 Palms, Calif., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel D. Kujanpaa/Released)


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with children at the Youth Center at Yokota Air Base April 9, 2015. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released. #KidsServeToo #MonthoftheMilitaryChild


"Truth is military kids are some of our most successful citizens." -#SecDef Carter #KidsServeToo #PurpleUp


#PurpleUp and show your support for military kids by wearing purple today. #KidsServeToo


U.S. #SecDef Ash Carter, center left, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, center right, to the Pentagon, April 14, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen


#PurpleUp! Show your support for our youngest heroes by wearing purple tomorrow. #kidsservetoo
U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.


#PurpleUp! Reasons Why It’s Cool to Be A Military Kid | DoDLive
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Ava and Sierra, daughters of Staff Sgt. Andrew Stevens, embrace each other on Fort Meade, Md. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
Cyber is an operational domain, and military leaders are going to have to understand its importance and the opportunities and challenges of operating in the domain, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers said today at the Navy League’s 50th annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition.


Defense.gov News Article: Operationalizing Cyber is New Commander’s Biggest Challenge
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Watch Live @ 2:30 p.m. EDT Defense Officials Testify before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Military Cyber Programs and Posture.


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DoD News broadcasts military news and information for the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces through programming including:
Happy 67th birthday to the Air Force Reserve! The reserves were established on April 14, 1948 by President Harry S. Truman, seven months after the active duty Air Force was established as a separate service. #67th #AFReservebday


U.S. Army soldiers provide security during a live-fire exercise in Romania, April 8, 2015. The exercise's purpose is to demonstrate unit capabilities to Romanian military counterparts to support Operation Atlantic Resolve South. Check out this photo essay on defense.gov at http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6225

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner


U.S. Army Soldiers instruct Iraqi army soldiers in a variety of training exercises in order to build the IA’s capacity to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve


Latest air strike on an ISIL vehicle. See how these air strikes are contributing to our strategy to degrade and destroy #ISIL. Also check out the latest map detailing ISIL'S reduced operating areas as of April 2015. Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0814_iraq/



#SecDef Ash Carter recently launched a #ForceoftheFuture initiative aimed at inspiring the best and brightest to serve our country, in uniform or out of it. U.S. United States Air Force SSgt. Larry Reid Jr. exemplifies this spirit.


Airman’s Photography Career Embodies Force of the Future | DoDLive
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The Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, and also recognizes this time of year as it pertains to a more sobering topic: National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In a recent DoD news interview, Barbara Thompson -- director of DoD’s Office of Family Readiness -- stressed that anyone aware of red flags and potential cases of abuse has an obligation to bring the concerns to light. #KidsServeToo


News Article: Preventing Child Abuse is Everyone’s Responsibility
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U.S. Central Command announces #ISIL targets damaged/destroyed by coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as of April 8, 2015.


During his final stop on his Asia Pacific trip, #SecDef Ash Carter visits with U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, at U.S. Pacific Command Headquarters at Camp Smith in Hawaii April 12, 2015. Carter is on a visit to the U.S. Pacific Command Area of Responsibility to make observations for the #forceofthefuture and the #rebalance to the Pacific. DoD photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt


At the last stop on his Asia Pacific trip, #SecDef Carter visited the USS John Paul Jones and thanked sailors for their efforts to help maintain peace and security in the region #rebalance


South Korean and U.S. Marine Corps attempt to flip a boat as they conduct amphibious operations drills during Cobra Gold 2014 at Hat Yao in Rayong,Thailand, Feb. 12, 2014. The exercise demonstrates the commitment by the United States and Thailand to a long-standing alliance and regional partnership in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Marines assigned to the 3rd Marine Division's 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participated in the drills. #Rebalance

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Troyer


U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo on Pyeongtaek Naval Base, South Korea, April 10, 2015. Carter is on a visit to the U.S. Pacific Command Area of Responsibility to make observations for the future force and the rebalance to the Pacific. Click the link below to view more photos from the trip. http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6223
Photos by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt


Today at 10:00 a.m. EDT Fort Hood hosts a Purple Heart/Defense of Freedom Medal ceremony for victims and families of the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting Incident. Watch live on http://www.defense.gov/live/


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U.S. soldiers conduct slingload training with a South Korean soldier on Warrior Base in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, March 18, 2015. The training occurred during Foal Eagle 2015, an exercise between the U.S. and South Korean armies. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The South Korean soldier is assigned to the U.S. Army through the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army program. #rebalance

U.S. Army photo by Spcecialist Steven Hitchcock


As a token of his appreciation and gratitude, #SecDef Carter gave an engraved keepsake to South Korea's Minister of National Defense with the US-ROK alliance motto


Today, SecDef Carter visited the Cheonan Memorial with South Korea's Minister of National Defense and laid a wreath for the 46 ROK Navy sailors who lost their lives in the 2010 torpedo blast


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Using Robotic Technology to Treat Tetraplegic Veterans
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Raising a Military Child: Know Your Resources
Raising a Military Child: Know Your Resources As the Month of the Military Child, April is a time to inform parents about the Family Readiness System, a network that can provide resources for everything from child care to deployment support.   More

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