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Secretary Praises Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Action

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered his thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its efforts on behalf of service members and their families. Story

Kirby: Russia Still Supporting Separatists This story contains video.

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby discussed the flow of weapons from Russia to Ukrainian separatists and other topics during a briefing at the Pentagon. Video | Transcript

DoD to Implement 3-Tier Appraisal System

Pentagon officials delivered a report to Congress on the progress the Defense Department has made over the last six months in redesigning personnel authorities. Story

Dempseys Speak at Education SeminarThis story contains video.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, told youngsters in Washington, D.C., that joining the military means being part of a team. Video | Photos

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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sings a song at the Military Child Education Coalition's annual training seminar with six children selected for their work with the organization in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2014. The coalition works with national experts in child development, education and health to support military children. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton

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Face of Defense

Amputee Pilot Inspires Fellow Airmen

Air Force Capt. Ryan McGuire completed pilot training despite losing a leg in a boating accident, and is now a motivational speaker to airmen. Story

In The Spotlight

DoD Honors Recruitment Program Participants

Defense Department officials hosted a July 28 awards ceremony for participants in the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities. Story

Focus on the Forces

Navy, Marines Kick Off Singapore-Based Exercise

The exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations in Southern and Southeast Asia. Story

Guard, Reserve News

Reserve Medical Soldiers Train Overseas

The Overseas Deployment Training program and Operation Atlantic Resolve, brought many Reservists to Europe. Story

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POTUS announced Bob McDonald as the new Secretary of .@DeptVetAffairs
RT @DoDNews: Senior #AirForce officials will brief the current state of the .@usairforce at 1PM http://t.co/arRTBwuptK
POTUS Re Ukraine: Russia should understand we will continue to support the people of Ukraine due to their ties with Europe and US
RT @WhiteHouse: At 2:50pm ET, President Obama will deliver a statement on the situation in Ukraine. Watch → http://t.co/b4tqL3oo0v
.@PentagonPresSec Re Afghanistan: ANSF have made terrific progress in the last year and they are almost fully in the lead
.@PentagonPresSec Re India: #SecDef looks forward to his future travel and meeting #India's new government
.@PentagonPresSec Cause of death and other circumstances of incident are under investigation and thoughts and prayers go out to the family
.@PentagonPresSec: Boy found dead in wheel well of @usairforce plane at Ramstein Air Base in Germany
RT @DoDNews: @PentagonPresSec will conduct a media briefing in the Press Briefing Rm @ 1:45 PM ET today http://t.co/fU4X2tNsPp
RT @DoDNews: Adm. Samuel Locklear, the commander of .@PacificCommand to conduct press briefing @12:30 http://t.co/7tnlWf3lZB
#SecDef: I'm honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award http://t.co/2Rwy80Koi7
Deputy #SecDef Bob Work addresses #AirForce leaders at #Pentagon about budget and future of AF yesterday http://t.co/D1bMgjIacu
Today starts the @MilitaryChild Coalition 2014 National Training Seminar. For more info: http://t.co/VSZs7mrn5X http://t.co/RpLhHqClGi
RT @StateDept: ICYMI: @JohnKerry discussed US-India partnership during speech at Center for American Progress. #USIndia2020 http://t.co/dXM…
RT @StateDept: Secretary @JohnKerry travels to New Delhi for 5th U.S.-#India Strategic Dialogue, which he co-chairs on July 31. http://t.co…

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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Bob McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

I applaud the overwhelming, bipartisan confirmation of Bob McDonald as our next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families. And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business. As a country, we have a solemn duty to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. I know Bob will help us honor that commitment and make sure every veteran gets the care they deserve, the benefits they’ve earned, and the chance to pursue the American Dream they’ve risked so much to protect.


Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet kicks off 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore.

"Nearly twenty years later, thousands of CARAT Singapore alumni have risen through the ranks of the RSN and the U.S. Seventh Fleet, strengthening our military to military relationship and contributing to regional security and stability in ways that benefit the entire region's maritime nations."

Read more: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=82461


Load Up!

U.S. airmen work together to tighten cables securing a heavy expanded mobility tactical truck aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft after offloading six Afghan vehicles on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 20, 2014.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young)


Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks at a roll-out ceremony for the first two #F35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, July 24, 2014.


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top defense, security and diplomatic leaders participate in the Aspen Security Forum,... Calling alliances and partnerships the bedrock of U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III,... Army Staff Sgt.
#BlueAngels Above

Navy Cmdr. Tom Frosch leads a roll maneuver by the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, during the Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show on Offutt Air Force Base. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the United States in 2014. Frosch is the squadron's flight leader and commanding officer.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald)


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau announcement:

"I welcome the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's announcement today that 17,000 service members and other consumers will receive a total of $92 million in debt relief from Rome Finance, whose unlawful, predatory lending schemes specifically targeted active-duty military personnel serving
nationwide. No one who serves our country in uniform - especially during a time of war - should ever fall victim to predatory financial practices, and today's announcement is an important step in righting this wrong. The Department of Defense is grateful to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its efforts on behalf of our troops, veterans, and military families, and we appreciate its ongoing partnership in helping equip service members and their loved ones with the right tools and information so they can safely navigate today's complex financial world."


Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work addresses Air Force leaders at the Pentagon, yesterday. Work discussed budgetary concerns and the overall way ahead for the Air Force.

(DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)


Today marks the start of the Military Child Coalition 2014 National Training Seminar. This event provides in-depth coverage of current issues relevant to military-connected children during a period of significant change and challenge.

(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber)

Read more: http://www.militarychild.org/news-and-events/2014-National-Training-Seminar


"There are lots of ways of breaking the locks on computer systems. We spend far too much time dumbly replacing locks and not nearly enough performing new research.”

— Dr. Sunny Fugate


Meet the Scientists: Dr. Sunny Fugate
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Meet the Scientists: Dr. Sunny Fugate is applying some cowboy diplomacy in what he calls "the Wild West of cyber". <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/28/meet-the-scientists-dr-sunny-fugate/"><br/>Read More</a>
Eye on the Target

A member of the Special Operations Team from Peru takes aim during the rifle marksmanship competition July 24 as part of Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando 2014 is a military exercise consisting of a skills competition between military and police Special Operations teams from the Western Hemisphere. The event is hosted by Colombia from July 23 – 31 in Tolemaida. Security forces from 17 countries, including the United States, are taking part in the challenging contest, which promotes military-to-military relationships, increased interoperability and improved regional security.

#FuerzasComando #Colombia

Read more:http://www.southcom.mil/newsroom/Pages/Fuerzas-Comando-2014.aspx


Splash Landing!

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and divers from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Australia and Chile recover their boats into the well deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) after conducting night dives off the coast of San Diego during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Scott)


"While I'm honored to have received them, the medals weren't important to me," Scott said. "What was important was that I was able to serve and defend the greatest country in the world; the country that I love."



Three-war veteran recognized, honored nearly 60 years after service > U.S. Air Force > Article...
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"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy,
It's Getting Hot in Here

Marines train to fight fires and rescue aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., July 22, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The training ensures familiarity with the gear and increases proficiency and response times within the unit.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. McMahon)

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Don't Look Down!

An #F16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a highly maneuverable aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. #F16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel in #Afghanistan.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)


Who wouldn't want to take this four-legged robot for a test drive?




Marines Take the Robot for a Test Drive
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The Legged Squad Support System, or LS3, is being put to the test by the Marines! Hoo-ROBOTS <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/25/marines-take-the-robot-for-a-test-drive/"><br/>Read More</a>
At a time of increasing global threats, the aversion to land war puts a premium on other services, particularly the United States Navy. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert will give his take on the threats and what the Navy is doing to counter them, at the Apsen Security Forum tonight, 715 PM ET. Follow us for live updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Key leaders in countering the threat of weapons of mass destruction will be giving their respective insights on the topic during the discussion: The Nightmare Scenario, at the Aspen Security Forum at 4:45 PM ET today. Stay tuned for live social media updates.
Today at 130 PM ET the Aspen Security Forum will discuss, lessons and prospects from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live social media coverage.
Today at 1215 PM ET the Aspen Security Forum will begin with the discussion: From Terrorism to Cold War-like Conventional Military Adventurism-Is Europe up the the Test? Representatives from NATO and the United Kingdom will be there to cover the topic. Follow us for live social media updates.
Congratulations Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps' next commandant.


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It's official. The Senate has confirmed Gen. Joseph F. Dunford will be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps. "I am extremely pleased that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Gen. Joseph Dunford to become the 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Joe is one of the most talented leaders and strategic thinkers in the military today. His tenure as commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan has been extraordinary, and is testament to the full measure of the man. Our country and our Marine Corps will benefit greatly from his continued service." — Gen. James F. Amos — with Ernesto Samaco and 5 others.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) stops to take a photo after speaking at the #AspenSecurity Forum. Clark discussed lessons learned from #Vietnam and what America needs to face the challenges of today. #DOD #NATO


A panel discussion on the future of warfare was held at the #AspenSecurity forum. During the forum, a strong emphasis was placed on the importance of the cyber world. #DOD


Tonight at 730 PM ET General Martin E. Dempsey will be speaking at the Aspen Security Forum. Stay connected for live updates.
Hear stories about the transformation of the U.S. Army since the #Vietnam War through the voices of its leading combat generals. This evening at the Aspen Security Forum, a session at 615 PM ET will feature a discussion of and clips from , The War Generals, A National Geographic documentary. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live social media coverage.
What are the new weapons and new conceptions of warfare that can help America maintain its strategic and tactical edge? Find out as we cover a discussion about the future of warfare at the Aspen Security Forum today at 5 PM ET.
Shadow in the Night

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jacob Hall stands in front of a U.S. flag as a forklift shines its light, casting his shadow behind him, after a battlefield illumination mission on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014. Hall, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Aerial Refueling Transportation Squadron 352.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson)

For more photos click: http://www.defense.gov/PhotoEssays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=5327


We are still in the post-9/11 era, but we are also in the post-Edward Snowden era. What is the balance between security and liberty? At 345 PM ET today speakers at the Aspen Security Forum will explain what the "right" balance between security and liberty. Follow our Facebook page and Twitter for live coverage on the discussion.
Opening remarks are made at the #AspenSecurity Forum. Today's morning discussion is covering U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy and its implications from emerging national security threats, with #BrianRoss of @ABCNews as the moderator. #DOD #Security #NationalDefense


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