U.S. commanders in Iraq are working with their Iraqi counterparts to determine exactly what happened in Ramadi, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said while in Brussels for NATO meetings. Story | Special
Defense Department efforts in Nepal to mitigate future disaster impacts likely lessened the scale of the humanitarian disaster after the nation's recent earthquakes, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs said. Story | Photos | Special
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine E. Wormuth met with Greece's Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos at the Pentagon to discuss security and defense issues of mutual concern, according to a DoD news release. Story
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to the Pentagon, May 21, 2015. The two leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes remarks at the 2014 David Packard Award Ceremony at the Pentagon, May 21, 2015. The Defense Department award recognizes acquisition excellence. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers remarks at the Aerospace Industries Association executive committee conference in Williamsburg, Va., May 21, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, center, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joins military leaders for a wreath-laying ceremony at the 173rd NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels, May 20, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is on a four-day trip to Brussels to meet with his NATO counterparts to discuss a range of issues confronting the alliance.
President Barack Obama speaks to graduating U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets at the academy in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. Obama delivered the commencement speech, focusing on the impact of climate change on national security. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2015 graduates in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. Following graduation, 217 cadets received commissions as the newest officers in the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall
U.S. service members assigned to Joint Task Force 505 load supplies and gear onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 19, 2015, as they prepare to leave the country. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson
U.S. service members assigned to Joint Task Force 505 prepare their gear before boarding a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 21, 2015. The task force went to Nepal to help provide humanitarian assistance after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the country, April 25. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hernan Vidana
A paratrooper crawls under barbed wire as part of a team competition during All-American Week on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 19, 2015. The paratrooper is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Seventeen teams from across the division negotiated nine obstacles in a race against the clock to determine the fastest team for All-American Week. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Crail
U.S. Marines exit a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter to conduct an airfield seizure exercise on Bradshaw Airfield at a training area in Pohakuloa, Hawaii, May 19, 2015. The Marines are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. The exercise is part of Operation Lava Viper. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ricky S. Gomez
U.S. Marines fire an FGM-148 Javelin at Babadag Training Area, Romania, May 19, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force. U.S. Marines and Romanian and Bulgarian troops trained to use antiarmor weapon systems on the opening day of exercise Platinum Eagle 15. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Smith
The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Nepalese government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.
Four F-35B Lighting II Joing Strike Fighters sit secured to the deck after arriving on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in the Atlantic Ocean, May 18, 2015. As the future of Marine Corps aviation, the F-35B will replace all aircraft from three legacy Marine Corps platforms: the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet and the EA-6B Prowler. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Remington Hall
A U.S. Army soldier prepares to land after during a qualification jump near Malmsheim, Germany, May 19, 2015. The solider is assigned to Special Operations Command Europe. U.S. Army photo by Martin Greeson
The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies.
An MH-60R Seahawk lands on the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam in Sagami Bay, Japan, May 19, 2015. The Antietam is patrollng the 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman
The annual tradition of placing more than 228,000 flags at each headstone, and other interesting facts you probably didn't know about Arlington National Cemetery. 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.
Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said the professionalism of the forces contribute to the growth of democracy in Africa. DoD screen shot
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Karsemeyer uses a firefighting thermal imager during a fire drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, May 7, 2015. The Boxer is conducting routine training exercises and maintenance to prepare for its upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Monford
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.
Navy Midshipman 4th Class Javarri Beachum places a midshipman cover atop the Herndon Monument during the Herndon Climb at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., May 18, 2015. Each year, the roughly 1,000 members of the academy's plebe class form a human pyramid around the 21-foot monument to remove a plebe hat, or dixie cup, that upperclassmen have placed on the top of the obelisk structure, which is covered in lard. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Wilkes
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.
For Army Maj. David Guida, an accomplished skeet shooter, enthusiasm for the sport has become a family affair.
Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners in Hawaii, which cadre members said strengthens trust, increases cultural awareness and fosters teamwork among the different militaries.
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U.S. military members and Asia-Pacific counterparts undergo jungle training to help strengthen trust and teamwork for future operations.
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Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said understanding the complexity of Africa is the biggest learning curve he's faced as commander.
A Defense Department program designed to help disabled service members, wounded warriors and federal employees through free assistive technology and appropriate accommodations recently assisted their 150,000th customer.
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Teams of active-duty and retired military and other veterans competed in the 55th Annual Armed Services Skeet Championship held May 11-15 in Charles City, Va.
Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises.
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