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
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
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
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
President Barack Obama greets awaiting service members and offers them the presidential coin at the Pentagon, July 6, 2015, after meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
President Barack Obama, center, meets with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, and his national security team to discuss instabilities in the Middle East under the threats presented by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, during a visit to the Pentagon, July 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sits to Obama's left. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hold a press conference at the Pentagon, July 6, 2015. Earlier, the two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stand as the U.S. and French national anthems play during an honor cordon before the two leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Pentagon, July 6, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. airmen work to complete a 50-hour inspection of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 28, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit, which ensures helicopters on Bagram are mission-ready. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signs a baseball for a child during the game between the Washington Nationals and San Fransisco Giants at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., July, 4, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Navy sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean, June 30, 2015. The Truman is training for its upcoming deployment.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class A. A. Cruz
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.
A mother holds her daughter while a U.S. sailor and an Arawan nurse examine the baby during a community health engagement at the Arawa Medical Clinic as part of Pacific Partnership 2015 in Arawa in Papua New Guinea, June 29, 2015. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft
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 U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon preforms during a sunset parade at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., June 30, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was the guest of honor. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alex A. Quiles
An Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker rests on the flightline on Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah, June 25, 2015.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Colton Elliott
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the seventh annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger.
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.
U.S. Marines joined NATO allies for a two-week training exercise in Bulgaria to strengthen partnerships and build military skills.
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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.
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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.
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the 2015 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.
Muslims, their family members and guests gathered to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan during the 17th annual Pentagon iftar dinner.