The Senate confirmed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter swore him into office during a Pentagon ceremony. Story | Photos | Statement
California National Guard soldiers and airmen and Air Force reservists are assisting first responders in fighting ongoing wildfires in Northern California, the Pentagon’s press operations chief said in a briefing. Story | Photos
U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Story | Special
Army Capt. Bob Drexel scans the right side of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter above the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, Calif., Aug. 1, 2015. Drexel’s position on the aircraft requires him to scan for potential hazards and help direct the release water from a large bucket. U.S. Army photo
A CH-47D Chinook helicopter prepares to release water from a large bucket onto the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, Calif., Aug. 1, 2015. U.S. Army photo
Defense Secretary Ash Carter swears Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva into the office of vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Selva's wife, Ricki, holds the Bible in Carter's office at the Pentagon, July 31, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
Army paratroopers assault an enemy-held urban environment at a live-fire range at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 1, 2015. The paratroopers completed several blank and live-fire iterations during the day and at night, sharpening their proficiency at battle drills in the austere environment of the Mojave Desert. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Spencer Feikert throws a practice grenade during an accuracy exercise on Arta Beach, Djibouti, July 22, 2015. Feikert is a rifleman assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Elements of the Marine unit are in Djibouti to maintain and enhance the skills they developed during predeployment training. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Mendoza uses binoculars to scan the horizon for aircraft during Red Flag 2015 at Tonopah Test Range, Nev., July 23, 2015. Mendoza is a low altitude air defense gunner assigned to 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Bravo Battery. The aerial combat exercise trains U.S., NATO and other partners for air combat situations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Derek L. Picklesimer
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
An MH-60R Seahawk practices recovery-assisted landings during a team drill on the USS Lassen in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 1, 2015. The Lassen is patrolling in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Jesse Mommaerts
President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said "we affirm our solemn vow to serve these families as well as they serve us."
Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, perform a diamond formation while flying the American flag during a demonstration at the Fargo Air Show in Fargo, N.D., July 26, 2015. Based in San Diego, the Leap Frogs perform aerial parachute demonstrations around the nation to support naval special warfare and Navy recruiting. U.S. Navy photo by Jim Woods
U.S. Marine Cpl. Raphael Velazquez maintains an MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 1, 2015. The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting a composite training exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Tyler Preston
The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command practice Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques to help overcome obstacles during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, 2015 DoD screen shot
The Department of Defense cyber strategy guides the development of DoD's cyber forces and seeks to strengthen cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Team performs during the evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 31, 2015. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. hosted the event and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the guest of honor. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
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Navy Lt. Liz Hunter, right, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Partin get help with their diving helmets before entering the waters of Honolulu Harbor from the pier at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 30, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers
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.
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer recently completed a triathlon-length swim and saved the lives of four fishermen.
Small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are easy to obtain and hard to detect on radar, making them of particular concern to the Defense Department, according to officials taking part in Black Dart 2015.
Four Defense Department civilian employees received the Judith C. Gilliom Award in recognition of their contributions to their organizations during a ceremony at the National Youth Transitions Center.
During meetings with Canada’s surgeon general, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said it is in the interests of both nations to continue to work together to improve the overall health and state-of-readiness of the respective forces.
The active-duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met or exceeded fiscal year-to-date 2015 accession goals through May 2015, Defense Department officials announced.
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