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Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy In Silicon Valley

Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department’s cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces, strengthen cyber defenses and posture on cyber deterrence. Story | Special | Transcript | Strategy | Facts | Photos

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Announces Jobs, Training for 90,000 Vets, Spouses

First Lady Michelle Obama announced that numerous technology and energy companies have committed to hire or train 90,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years as part of the Joining Forces initiative. Story | Special

Centcom Spokesman: ISIL on Defensive in Iraq

U.S. Central Command officials believe the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group is on the defensive in Iraq, Centcom spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder said. Story | Special

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter stands in front of the Facebook wall during his visit to the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., April 23, 2015. Carter is on a two-day trip to Silicon Valley. Before visiting the company, Carter delivered a lecture at Stanford University, where he unveiled the Defense Department's new cyber strategy. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

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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 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.Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building 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.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 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.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 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.


Face of Defense

Air Force Tech Sgt. Dennis Hertlein Maintainer Saves Air Force Millions

Aircraft maintainer Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hertlein used expertise and initiative to save the Air Force $5 million. Story

Science and Technology

The Navy's unmanned X-47B Navy Aircraft First to Complete Autonomous Aerial Refueling

The first successful autonomous in flight fuel transfer will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, program managers said. Story | Special

Counter-Rocket Artillery Missile gun Army Scientists Engage in Armament Revolution

Game-changer armament technologies come just once in a blue moon, the chief of the Army Research Lab's Lethality Division said during a speech on future weapons. Story | Special

In The Spotlight

Army Spc. Tierra Kirts Soldier Show Pays Tribute to 'Soldier for Life'

The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show, "We Serve," pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Vietnam War. Story

Military Life

New Tuition Assistance Tool Attuned to Troops' Educational NeedsThis story contains video.

The Defense Department has introduced "TA DECIDE," a new online informational tool tailored to the unique school programs and educational needs of service members. Video | Story

Military Children

Children’s Program Aims to Curb Obesity

As concerns persist over ever-rising obesity levels among American children, the Defense Department will bolster its Healthy Children programs to weave fitness, nutrition and tobacco-free living into military children’s curriculum, a Pentagon official said. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

Why does #SecDef Carter hate GPS? Find out this answer and more in the latest edition of @a16z http://t.co/C3eBzm8NQc
.@USNavy #F35Lightning II aircraft fly in formation with F/A-18 #SuperHornets over the Sierra Nevada mountain range http://t.co/hAdSuCjgLB
.@USMC participate in an amphibious assault landing exercise w/Philippine Marines during #Balikatan2015 #Rebalance http://t.co/smm35IBXaY
The programs announced by #SecDef today build upon ongoing innovation at DoD. A look at some of these technologies http://t.co/ATQBPJ4tdP
During lecture at @stanford #SecDef unveils new #cyber strategy. Find it online at http://t.co/2py3XOjiAo #SecDefAtStanford
#SecDefAtStanford announces new presence in Silicon Valley composed of civilian, active duty & Reserves to scout breakthru technologies
Innovation starts with people. We must continue to bring in talent and expertise to contribute to the #forceofthefuture -#SecDef
"There are great opportunities to be seized thru a new level of partnership btwn DoD & Silicon Valley" -#SecDefAtStanford #cyber
RT @DoDNews: My commitment is to the future – to stay ahead of a changing world, to stay competitive & to stay abreast of technology. #Sec
#SecDef Carter holds up his old physics textbook, written by Sid Drell, during #cyber speech #SecDefAtStanford http://t.co/VbXGlD8FNX
RT @StanfordCISAC: CISAC Co-Directors @AmyZegart and David Relman greet #SecDefAtStanford Ash Carter as he prepares to give cyber speech ht…
1110amPT #SecDefAtStanford unveils new #cyber strategy. Follow here 4 commentary. Live tweets: @dodnews. Live stream: http://t.co/1EiJ5jS1YM
RT @dpatil: If you're in tech you need to watch this speech by SecDef Carter on how we need to work together on cybersecurity http://t.co/1…

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Two F-35 Lightning II aircraft fly in formation with two F/A-18E/F Super Hornets over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, April 14, 2015. The flight is part of a six-day visit by Strike Fighter Squadron 101 to Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Cailf., the future site for the F-35C.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell

U.S. Marine Corps quickly return to their amphibious assault vehicle to grab extra equipment for the firing line during an amphibious landing by U.S. and Philippine Marines as part of Balikatan 2015 on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, April 21, 2015. #Rebalance
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and author of Lean In, visited the Pentagon recently to highlight how empowering people will strengthen DoD. #ForceoftheFuture

Building the Force of the Future by Leaning In | DoDLive
#SecDef Carter met with veterans working at Facebook and asked them what lessons DoD can learn from the company to continue to attract and inspire the #ForceoftheFuture.

The veterans gave the Secretary a gift as a token of their appreciation

SecDef Carter met with Sheryl Sandberg today to learn about how Facebook expertly manages smart, innovative people #forceofthefuture

SecDef Carter gives the Drell Lecture at Stanford University today. In it, he explains that the partnership between Silicon Valley and DoD is key to innovation and cybersecurity. Follow along at defense.gov/live

"The world is getting faster, more nimble and is changing exponentially-the world that is with, too often, the exception of the United States military. If we do not free ourselves from the ever expanding, ever tightening coils of bureaucracy, if we do not set the pace on adopting change, if we continue to think and do in the same ways we have for so long, then our days as the world's pre-eminent maritime force are surely numbered-and that number is small and shrinking." - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

SECNAV Announces Department of the Navy Innovation Vision
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus unveiled the Department of the Navy's (DoN) Innovation Vision during remarks delivered a
“The reason our military is the finest fighting force the world has ever known is its people. Taking care of our people -- whether that’s in Afghanistan, on bases around the country, or studying here in the nation’s capital -- … is my highest priority.” - #SecDef Carter at Georgetown University. #ForceoftheFuture #SAAPM
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The Defense Department has announced the winners of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. #EarthDay2015

DoD Announces 2015 Environmental Award Recipients
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 – The Defense Department announced the winners of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards in a news release issued today.
#SecDef Ash Carter speaks to ROTC students on Sexual Assault at Georgetown University. Follow the conversation on Twitter @DODNews and watch live @ 8:30 a.m. EDT http://www.defense.gov/live/ #SAAPM

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Soldiers run along a stretch of Heartbreak Hill during the #BostonMarathon in Newton, Mass., April 20, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the Massachusetts National Guard

Massachusetts National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kyleen Kelleher

#SecDef Ash Carter met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon yesterday, to discuss defense issues. go.usa.gov/3ZTeB

Lance Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz travels to Fort Devens Army Base in Massachusetts, for a firsthand look at the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3. The robotic mule built by Boston Dynamics with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently being tested by the U.S. Marine Corps. The LS3 is designed to reduce the load Marines carry in combat, can reach speeds of 6 mph and carry up to 400 pounds.

U.S. Navy Researchers have developed a new safe and highly efficient, electrically heated, thermal undergarment that keep divers warm.

X-Ray helmets and F-35 simulators? What more could U.S. Marine Corps pilots ask for? Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz takes us to Lockheed Martin's Fighter Demonstration Center to test the Corps' cutting-edge aviation technology. TThe advanced aviation equipment gives pilots the ability to combine stealth and situational awareness to complete their mission. #ForceoftheFuture

“Throughout our history the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps have been agile, innovative, and adaptable, ensuring global stability and American prosperity. With increasing complexity and shrinking budgets, now is the time to remove barriers and foster a culture of innovation that unleashes the ingenuity intrinsic in our people. Innovation has been our tradition and it must also be our future.” - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

Department of the Navy Innovation Vision | Navy Live
"Throughout our history the Navy and Marine Corps have been agile, innovative, and adaptable, ensuring global stability and American prosperity. With
Service members stand on stage as Garth Brooks performs “All American Kid” at #ACMAwards50

Airman 1st Class Luke Locken fits Jeremiah Seaberry with flight gear during a 4th Fighter Wing Pilot for a Day event April 3, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Locken is a 4th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. United States Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum #ForceoftheFuture

Service members prepare for their appearance at tonight's 50th ACM Awards. Five service members will join Garth Brooks on stage as he performs "All American Kid".

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Whyte, a missileman with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Task Force Al Asad, fires a FGM-148 Javelin missile at simulated enemy armored targets during a combined-arms training exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, April 3, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Carson Gramley

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Vincent Neighbor monitors nearby surface contacts from the bridge of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the East China Sea, April 11, 2015. #Rebalance
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III.

U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Ochoa, left, and Army Spc. Nicholas Carrillo participate in a live-fire exercise in Romania, April 8, 2015. Ochoa and Carrillo are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The exercise aims to demonstrate unit capabilities to Romanian military counterparts to support #OperationAtlanticResolve South.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner

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


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