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Carter Speaks at Syracuse University

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Syracuse University today to hold a roundtable discussion with members of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and speak with students about the Defense Department’s commitment to building the “force of the future.” Story | Special

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Dempsey, South Korean Counterpart Discuss North Korea Threat

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he had "important and very productive conversations" with South Korean military officials, including the topic of integrated air and missile defense to deter North Korean aggression. Story | Special | Photos

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter participates in a roundtable discussion with members of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., March 31, 2015. Carter spoke about his “force of the future” initiative. DoD screen shot

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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.U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, travels to California, Japan and South Korea.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.Dozens of wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as military retirees, compete in the annual Warrior Games, which will be held June 19-28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.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 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.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.The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these were the deployment of men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.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.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 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 American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.

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Face of Defense

Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Millero Jr. F-16 Pilot Logs 125 Days of Flying

Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Millero Jr., who flew his 3,000th hour in the seat of his fighter jet, is the 260th F-16 pilot to achieve this milestone. Story

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Defense Standardization Program Office Announces 2014 Award Recipients

One person and five teams have received awards from the Defense Standardization Program Office for outstanding achievements in 2014. Story

Science and Technology

DARPA Uses Open Systems, ‘Plug and Fly’ to Boost Air Power

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform. Story | Special

Military Families

Caregiving Resource to Continue at Reduced Fee for Military Families, DoD Officials Say

The Defense Department’s contract with the Sittercity Corporate Program for military families’ caregiver needs will expire July 31, but the service will remain available at a discounted military fee, Pentagon officials said. Story | Special

Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Recipients Receive Recognition From Joint Chiefs During USO Awards Event

At an awards dinner, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff partnered with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to salute the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients. Story | Photos | Special

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There's nothing better than getting out of bed in the morning, knowing you're doing something bigger than urself -#SecDef #ForceoftheFuture
Building #forceofthefuture - attracting best, maintaining best & helping vets/families back into civilian life post service key -#SecDef
RT @IVMFSyracuseU: @DeptofDefense #SecDef​ Carter visits IVMF to talk transitioning service members back into society. #ForceoftheFuture ht…
#SecDef at Ft. Drum: you are the finest fighting force the world has ever known. We have to keep it that way #forceofthefuture
The Pentagon can be a pretty closed five-sided box. We've got to think outside of it. #ForceoftheFuture
Today I described my vision for the #forceofthefuture. I came here to Ft. Drum to hear from you about ways to retain our best -#SecDef
#SecDef Carter thanks the troops, families, and community of Fort Drum for what they do for our country http://t.co/LUZcjpdzvQ
Happening Now: #SecDef Carter speaks at #FortDrum. Watch LIVE NOW: http://t.co/ZoC22HCpJI Follow the conversation on Twitter @DoDNews
Who inspires you? "I'm inspired by our men & women in uniform and the civilians who work for all govt agencies" -#SecDef #ForceoftheFuture
"You don't have to join the military to serve your country - I didn't. But it all starts and ends with people" -#SecDef #ForceoftheFuture
RT @DoDNews: “The Defense Department must continue to bring in talented Americans, from your generation and others.” —#SecDef Carter #Force
RT @DoDNews: “I wanted to come here today to talk to you because your generation represents the future of our country.” —#SecDef Carter#For
#SecDef meets with @AbingtonSenior student Kayla Roberts who plans to join the #ForceoftheFuture by working in cyber http://t.co/hv3x2Gbmi1

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#SecDef Carter told veterans and students at Syracuse University, that because of the skills the military lives and breathes - leadership, technical skills, getting the job done - civilian employees increasingly see veterans as a pipeline for 21st century talent. We have to capitalize on that.


Happening Now: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaking at Syracuse University .Watch LIVE at: http://www.defense.gov/live/ and follow the conversation on Twitter @DoDNews #ForceoftheFuture


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This morning, #SecDef Carter visited the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and learned firsthand about the amazing work they are doing to support veterans and their families post-service.


Following his troop talk at U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division, #SecDef Carter learned about the great work being done at the Soldier for Life Transition Center


After hearing directly from the troops at Fort Drum about how we can maintain the best #forceofthefuture, #SecDef Carter gave his coin to each service member


#SecDef Carter thanks the troops, families, and community of Fort Drum for what they do for our country


Fort Drum soldiers waiting to hear from #SecDef Carter about the #forceofthefuture. Carter will thank each soldier individually for his/her service.


Whatever you want to do, you can do in service to your country. Find out how you can join the #ForceoftheFuture here:
http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0315_force-of-the-future/


Defense.gov Special Report: Force of the Future
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Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography
Today, #SecDef Carter launched the #forceofthefuture initiative designed to attract and inspire best and brightest to serve our country - in uniform or out.



Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will speak at his Alma mater, Abington Senior High School this morning on the #forceofthefuture. Watch LIVE at 9:40 a.m. EDT on http://www.defense.gov/live/ and follow the conversation on Twitter @DODNews.


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Be a doctor. Be a firefighter. Be a part of the #ForceoftheFuture. Find out more at defense.gov


Be an astronaut. Be a doctor. Be a daredevil. Be a part of the #ForceoftheFuture. Find out more at defense.gov


Defense Secretary Ash Carter and senior Defense officials host a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon March 26, 2015. To view the entire photo essay visit: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/photoessayss.aspx?id=6155


Coalition airstrike against an ISIL compound near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 25, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL staging area near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 26, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL defensive position near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 26, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The mission of the operation is to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Seventy years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department remembers the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought on the Pacific island, and those who gave their lives there. http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0315_iwojima/


Defense.gov Special Report: Iwo Jima - 70th Anniversary
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"Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue." -- U.S. Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, March 16, 1945
Today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke at the State Department on the future partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of State. Over the years, the two Departments have worked together and these photos reflect just a few of their interactions.


Partnership between the Dept. of Defense and Dept. of State
Today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke at the State Department on the future partnership between the @[114648515718:274:U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)] and the @[15877306073:274:U.S. Department of State]. Over the years, the two Departments have worked together and these photos reflect just a few of their interactions.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will speak to over 200 Chief of Missions at the State Department on the future collaboration between the Department of Defense and Department of State. Watch LIVE at 12:30 p.m. EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/


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Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Iwo Jima which lasted from Feb. 19, 1945 - Mar. 26, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. #IwoJima


World War II veterans visited Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary of one most iconic battles of World War II, March 21, 2015. USMC #IWOJIMA

Video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra



In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Clint Romesha a few questions about himself.

What’s something people might not know about you?

“I’m only 5’5, unless I’m wearing cowboy boots.”

What’s a goal you would like to achieve?

“To be over 5’6.”

Clint Romesha, U.S. Army – Afghanistan (2009). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Kenneth Stumpf, who was your inspiration?

"My wife of 46 years just passed away. My dream...would be that she would come back."

Kenneth Stumpf, “Ken the Enlisted Man”, U.S. Army - Vietnam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Walter Marm to share his story.

“I was in the first major battle of the Vietnam war. The battle of Ia Drang. Mel Gibson made a movie about it called ‘We Were Soldiers’ (once and young). Well that’s the name of the book, but they had to cut it down to fit on the marquee to 'We Were Soldiers.'”

Walter Marm, U.S. Army - Vietnam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Joe Jackson what’s the most important thing (in the world)?

“Freedom, and I’m not gonna tell you why, because if you don’t know why you don’t deserve it.”

Joe Jackson, United States Air Force - Vietnam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


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