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Live Now: Carter, Dempsey Testify on Counter-ISIL StrategyThis story contains video.

Watch online as Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify on counter-ISIL strategy before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Click here to watch. Video

President Barack Obama

Obama Cites Progress Against ISIL, Emphasizes Effort Will Take Time

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon after meeting with his national security team, the president stressed that the anti-ISIL strategy will take time to work, and that the U.S. and coalition partners will help with training and air support but it must be local fighters who take the fight to the terrorists. Story | Blog | Transcript | Photos | Special

Defense Secretary Ash Carter

Carter Commends France for Commitment in Fight Against ISILThis story contains video.

During a Pentagon news conference with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter praised France as "one of our strongest allies" when it comes to challenges in the Middle East. Video | Transcript | Photos | Special

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President Barack Obama addresses reporters at the Pentagon, July 6, 2015, after meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff, stands at right. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.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. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter travels to Germany, Estonia and Belgium for meetings with European defense ministers and to participate in his first NATO Ministerial as defense secretary. Carter intends to reaffirm continued U.S. commitment to security in the region and hear from U.S. service members stationed in Europe.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.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 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.

Features

Face of Defense

Army Master Sgt. Steve Lotz Military ‘Map Geek’ Finds Way to New Geospatial Unit

A self-proclaimed “map geek” is the first soldier to join the newest geospatial cell at an Illinois engineer command, and he wants to find more soldiers like him to join the team. Story

Focus on Asia-Pacific

Exercise Platinum Lion Marines Launch Exercise Platinum Lion This story contains video.

U.S. Marines joined NATO allies for a two-week training exercise in Bulgaria to strengthen partnerships and build military skills. Video | Special

St. Christopher’s Chapel Chapel Honors International Bond

U.S. and Australian troops gathered in Nerimbera, Australia, to mark the 60th anniversary of a chapel built by U.S. troops during World War II and kept up through the years to honor the U.S.-Australia bond. Story | Special

Focus on the Forces

Special Forces Underwater Operations School Plans Infrastructure Improvements

The combat diving community’s most rigorous school will soon implement its area development plan in support of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s “force of the future” initiative. Story | Special

In The Spotlight

Installations Receive Commander in Chief’s Award for Excellence

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the 2015 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. Story

Pentagon Hosts Iftar Dinner as Part of Ramadan

Muslims, their family members and guests gathered to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan during the 17th annual Pentagon iftar dinner. Story

Twitter Activity

#SecDef: #ISIL defeat requires local commitment, leadership from US & global coalition & hard work by our military http://t.co/hSDUBimTzM
#SecDef: strategy to defeat #ISIL uses all our nation’s strengths & is executed thru 9 lines of effort. Most critical being political one
#SecDef at #SASC: I met with @POTUS & @Martin_Dempsey yesterday to discuss #ISIL strategy. We agree ISIL must be – and will be – defeated
.@USMC Lance Cpl. Rowan runs for cover before a breaching system detonates during a leader's course at Camp Lejeune. http://t.co/Mz4m09d0JO
If you haven't found us on #facebook yet, check us out and help us reach 1 million likes! https://t.co/rzeriGXc4p http://t.co/NwyPTSBhfS
.@POTUS on #ISIL: We will continue to be vigilant...And, just as we have for more than 2 centuries, we will prevail http://t.co/bxev1algpY
Standing with #SecDef Carter & @thejointstaff, @POTUS pledges to work with global partners to counter #ISIL's hateful propaganda.
.@POTUS on #ISIL: no amount of military force will defeat #ISIL unless combined with broader effort - economic and political
RT @WhiteHouse: "Our coalition has now hit ISIL with more than 5,000 airstrikes." —@POTUS: http://t.co/oDIQ2UMleK http://t.co/Vmzq62HLRP
.@POTUS speaking at #Pentagon about #ISIL strategy: There will be periods of progress & setbacks, but ISIL can and will be defeated
.@POTUS is scheduled to make a statement from the Pentagon at 3:55 p.m. EDT. Watch live at: http://t.co/mszBE6awyq http://t.co/1Agb5MM0ry
#SecDef Carter: I commend @JY_LeDrian & France for commitment in fight against #ISIL – a campaign that requires sustained, long-term effort
LIVE now: #SecDef Carter and French MOD @JY_LeDrian speak to Pentagon press corps http://t.co/mszBE5SVGS
.@USArmy Sgt. looks out from a UH-60 Black Hawk while dropping water to support firefighting efforts near Tok, Alaska http://t.co/B1sopG10Tf
.@USMC look at the sunset as the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima transits through the Suez Canal, Egypt. @USNavy http://t.co/xMe0x1gJqG
We gazed at fireworks this weekend, but @NASA_Hubble has been focused a bit farther away. http://t.co/SB2KCWMeC6 http://t.co/oX81rpOixD
From the #DoD family to yours, we wish you all a very safe and happy #4thofJuly!! http://t.co/vcK6DaFCQo

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