Sequestration isn’t the law of the land because it makes sense, it’s the law because of political gridlock, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testified. Story | Special
As the Navy faces a projected shortfall of about $25 billion below the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request, sequestration and the continuing funding resolution have degraded the service’s readiness and capabilities, the chief of naval operations said. Story | Special
While Afghanistan remains a dangerous place with many challenges ahead, it’s unlikely the Taliban have the ability to best Afghan forces on the battlefield or topple the government, the top U.S. general in the country said. Story
Service members, veterans and family members who have stepped up to tell their life stories can help the nation understand that seeking help for mental health issues is a sign of strength, First Lady Michelle Obama said at a mental-health summit. Story
Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 3, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 in Washington, D.C., March 3, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
First Lady Michelle Obama makes remarks during the launch of the mental health initiative Campaign to Change Direction at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2015. The first lady, who co-founded the Joining Forces military community mental health program, spoke about the campaign’s importance for the military community. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
Zachary Burnash swims the 100 meter freestyle race at the Buchanan Natatorium in Las Vegas, Nev., March 1, 2015. More than 105 wounded, ill or injured service men and women from around the country will compete for a spot on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior team. Burnash is an Air Force Wounded Warrior swimming competitor. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Sam Shavers
U.S. Army Pfc. Daniel J. Ackerman, left, and Cpl. Frank P. Perretta watch for enemy activity during a combined training exercise with Lithuanian troops as part of Operation Atlantic resolve in Pabrade training area, Lithuania, March 4, 2015. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. Army Europe-led land force assurance training mission taking place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Pablo N. Piedra
U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, wave on stage during a USO concert on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 3, 2015. Winnefeld is hosting a USO tour to provide cheer for service members serving around the world. The tour runs through March 9, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Navy Adm. James. A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting his third USO tour, traveling with athletes and celebrities to visit deployed service members around the world. The tour runs through March 9, 2015.
U.S. Navy Seaman Savannah Williams relays bearings on the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay in Sasebo, Japan, Feb. 25, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Barnes
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.
Sailors participate in a barricade drill on USS John C. Stennis’ flight deck in Bremerton, Wash., March 2, 2015. The Stennis is currently undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago
Navy special amphibious reconnaissance corpsmen offer a glimpse into what it takes be a one of them. Those doing the job provide medical and operational services to Fleet Marine Forces and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. DoD screen shot
The Defense Department supports the continuing education and empowerment of military women as they risk their lives to protect our nation. This Defense.gov special report takes a closer look at the contributions of women in the U.S. armed forces as they continue to lead our nation's defense into the future.
Marine Corps Sgt. Cody L. Olson, an M1A1 Abrams tank technician, wanted to be a Marine just like his father, and he is - right down to working with large vehicles and attaining the rank of sergeant.
Actor Vince Vaughn treated troops and their families to an advance screening of his upcoming film, “Unfinished Business,” during a USO visit to Edwards Air Force Base, California.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency prepares for the diverse threats in today’s national security landscape – from low-tech ‘lone-wolf’ terrorists to high-tech adversaries to groups like ISIL that use both approaches.
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Richard O. Wightman Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, presented awards to the top unit in each reserve component for outstanding programs that support unit missions and family readiness during a Pentagon ceremony.
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The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged service members and their families to make informed investment decisions to ensure financial readiness both during and after their service commitments.
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