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Watch at 11 a.m. EDT: Secretary Discusses Issues Affecting Military Children, Families

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to speak this morning at the Military Child Education Coalition's 2015 National Training Seminar. Check back at 11 a.m. EDT to watch a playback of his remarks and other coverage of the event. Story

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

High School Students Meet With Chairman, Mrs. Dempsey at Seminar

Five students had the chance to ask Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, questions on a variety of topics during the Military Child Education Coalition 17th National Training Seminar. Story | Special

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

Carter: Nuclear Deal Limits Iran, Not DoD

The U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement limits Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear bomb but puts no limits on the Defense Department or the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Senate panel. Story | Statement | Photos

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Photo: Carter Speaks at Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to speak this morning at the Military Child Education Coalition's 2015 National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. Check back at 11 a.m. EDT to watch a playback of his remarks and other coverage of the event.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.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.Defense Secretary Ash Carter travels to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan during a weeklong trip to discuss security concerns, including preventing terror attacks and the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling, and made an unannounced trip to Baghdad and Kabul, Afghanistan where he met with leaders and service members to discuss progress in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.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 President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said The DoD Warrior Games 2015 will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of our service members. The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.The president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2015. Check out Defense.gov's Special Report: Commencements 2015 to read about their speeches, view photographs and watch videos from the ceremonies. During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.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 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.The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Oct 1, 2015.Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Defense.gov special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

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Face of Defense

Army Warrant Officer Meghan Polis and her father Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Polis Father, Daughter Helicopter Pilots Fly Together

New York Army National Guard members Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Polis and his daughter, Warrant Officer Meghan Polis, share a love of flying helicopters and serving their country. Story

Cyber Strategy

National Guard Works to Boost Cyber Capability

National Guardsmen are ramping up their role in the nation’s escalating cybersecurity fight, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said. Story | Video | Special

Army cyber officers hack "Plan X" Cyber Officers Hack Improvements Into DARPA's 'Plan X'

Officers participated in a week-long "hackathon" in Arlington, Virginia, in support of continued development of "Plan X," a four-year, $120-million program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Story | Special

Military Health

DoD Awards Electronic Health Records Contract

In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department awarded Leidos, Inc. a $4.3 billion contract for health records modernization that will cover more than 9.5 million DoD beneficiaries and the care providers that support them. Story

Health Official Urges Beneficiaries to Disclose External Health Insurance

DoD health care beneficiaries who carry commercial health insurance should remember to provide policy information to TRICARE providers, a Defense Health Agency program analyst said. Story

Twitter Activity

We asked some military kids about what their lives are like as military dependents. #KidChat #KidsServeToo https://t.co/pZuzNwvPkW
With a wife and four daughters, @usairforce SMSgt. David Mason and his family know sacrifice. #KidsServeToo https://t.co/YVrE6ei370
RT @USMC: CONFIRMED: @GenDunford was confirmed as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff July 29, 2015. Ooh-rah, sir! http://t.co/…
#OTD in 1942, WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service) was created. For more: http://t.co/hdnsI6rwVU http://t.co/jAFfaJvvQd
#DoD today awarded a $4.3 billion modernization contract for Electronic Health Records. http://t.co/xeNSPPcs7f http://t.co/CnI4LQaFVt
#SecDef: On #ISIL, we have the right strategy in place to achieve lasting defeat http://t.co/42OT8p8DOi
At #SASC Hearing, #SecDef says DoD is committed to confronting the region’s two principal security challenges: #Iran and #ISIL
.@USArmy Soldiers rappel from a 100-foot tower during a sapper leader course on Camp San Luis Obispo in California. http://t.co/EgnKMxTpdh
.@USMC Drill Instructors Prepare Enlistees for Boot Camp. For more photos visit: http://t.co/0fuVy3XBqZ http://t.co/0gHzz2N1uA
#KoreanWarArmistice honors veterans who fought to keep communism from spreading across Asia. http://t.co/QTs3Nd4wfV http://t.co/Q2aFz8vAyO
.@USArmy partake in a night navigation course through the hills of Camp San Luis Obispo Military Installation, Calif. http://t.co/1wPHi7nTSX
.@usairforce CV-22B #Osprey performs an aerial display of its capabilities during the Royal International Air Tattoo. http://t.co/RHliTInfGl
It Might Not Be the Holidays, But It’s Still Donation Time: http://t.co/jhUCOpMAQW http://t.co/dGSLHiSHiS
Australian soldiers & @USMC work together during an amphibious assault exercise #TalismanSabre http://t.co/FEr5Weml3A

Blogs

Reservist on Cutting Edge of Science, Technology
A reservist with the Office of Naval Research received the Navy Reserve’s 2014 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year award for contributions to groundbreaking technologies such as tactical cyber ranges and augmented-reality glasses.   More
Joint Staff Director Talks Character, Military Success
Joint Staff Director Talks Character, Military Success Air Force Lt. Gen. David L. Goldfein, nominated to be the next Air Force vice chief of staff, didn't hesitate when asked recently what made the biggest contribution to his success.   More
New Smartphone Device Will Test For TBIs on Battlefield
New Smartphone Device Will Test For TBIs on Battlefield Army researchers are working on a device expected to revolutionize how quickly a traumatic brain injury can be diagnosed.   More
‘The Forgotten War’ Explained On 62nd Armistice Day
‘The Forgotten War’ Explained On 62nd Armistice Day The Korean War, sandwiched between World War II and Vietnam, is often overlooked. How much do you know about the conflict?    More

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