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Carter Praises U.S., Kurdish Efforts in Fight Against ISIL

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited U.S. and coalition troops in Irbil, Iraq, to give encouragement and offer insight regarding Kurdish peshmerga fighters and their efforts to thwart Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant insurgents. Story | Transcript | Special

U.S., U.K. Sign Reserve Forces Memorandum

The U.S. Defense Department and the United Kingdom’s Defense Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding that officials say signifies expanding international relationships while serving a valuable role in security cooperation. Story

Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Fighting Positions

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Story | Special

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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, meets with Philip Dunne, left, British defense procurement minister, at the Pentagon, July 28, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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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. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building 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.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.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.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

Army Sgt. Maj. Kristie Brady Jumpmaster Pursues Her Dreams

Army Sgt. Maj. Kristie Brady, selected as the next command sergeant major of the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion, knew from a young age that she wanted to serve in the military like her father had. Story

In The Spotlight

Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel Commander: Defeating Terror Groups Will Take Long-Term EffortThis story contains video.

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said defeating violent extremists requires continued military, diplomatic and informational pressure. Video | Story | Special

Four Days Marches participants U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Take on 'Walk of the World' in Netherlands

A group of U.S. soldiers spent four days in July marching with rucksacks through Dutch countryside and villages with thousands of other participants in the 99th Four Days Marches, touted as the world's largest walking event. Story

Military Health

San Antonio surgeons Military Hospital’s Surgical Care Ranks Among Best in Nation

The San Antonio Military Medical Center ranks among the top hospitals in the nation for surgical care, according to a report from the American College of Surgeons. Story

Wounded Warriors

Doctor, Patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Center Helps Wounded Warriors Regain IndependenceThis story contains video.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities and adaptive programs help service members on the road to recovery. Video

Twitter Activity

.@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…
RT @PacificCommand: .@PacificCommand CDR ADM Harry Harris greets @DrBiden during a stopover at Hickam AFB. (1/2) http://t.co/cWEkXyg4ME
#SecDef: greatest lesson learned from Iraq War is that to achieve lasting victory, it can't be done from outside in http://t.co/O0wQt7oiXH
"We need a lasting victory against #ISIL & that can only be delivered by the people who live here. They can do it with our help" -#SecDef
#SecDef Carter addresses Advise and Assist trainers in Erbil, Iraq. Thanks them for their service and dedication http://t.co/3L4fAGEJhu
KRG President @masoud_barzani reviews #SecDef's note in guest book: "We look forward to continuing our partnership" http://t.co/bxocA3XP9A
#SecDef arrives in Erbil to meet w/ Kurdistan Regional Govt President @masoud_barzani to discuss countering #ISIL http://t.co/L4fjOmOkCb
Earlier today, #SecDef Carter met with troops stationed in Iraq focused on eliminating the #ISIL threat. FULL ViDEO: https://t.co/M5l9ExRhWa
#SecDef visited Iraq today to meet with PM @HaiderAlAbadi, Min Def al-Obaidi, and troops training local forces http://t.co/wee7F1Uzef


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