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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

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

Department Releases Report on Security Implications of Climate Change

Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, a Defense Department report to Congress revealed. Story | Report

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on the Iranian nuclear deal recently brokered by the Obama Administration before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary of State John F. Kerry; Teasury Secretary Jack Lew; and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz joined Carter during the hearing. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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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 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.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.


Face of Defense

Air Force Capt. Craig "Rocket" Baker Team Pilot 'Rockets' to New Heights

Air Force Capt. Craig "Rocket" Baker, Viper Demo Team pilot, pushes his aircraft to its limits as he helps tell the Air Force's story to appreciative audiences. 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

Military Health

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

Focus on the Forces

Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno Army Leaders Meet at West Point, Strategize Army Ethic

Army leaders gathered at the U.S. Military Academy to discuss the strategic stewardship of the Army profession. Story

Gen. Robert Rand New Commander Takes Charge of Air Force Global Strike Command

Gen. Robin Rand took command of Air Force Global Strike Command during a ceremony on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Story

Honoring the Fallen

Marines Honor Nepal Helicopter Crash Victims

The names of two of the Marine victims from the fatal helicopter crash in Nepal, May 12, 2015, were mounted on the Hall of Heroes display at the Defense Information School. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

#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
Ships from the Republic of Singapore Navy and @USNavy gather in formation during the underway phase of #CARAT http://t.co/X8739ryVwv
.@USArmy off load from a #CH47 Chinook helicopter while conducting an air assault landing at Camp San Luis Obispo. http://t.co/hO5O6y6l98
RT @FalahMustafa: A productive meeting between President @masoud_barzani & US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Erbil. @DeptofDefense htt…


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