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Carter Reaffirms Commitment to Asia-Pacific Rebalance With Japanese Counterpart

Defense Secretary Ash Carter called Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to thank him for his long-term support and to discuss the upcoming major events in the U.S.-Japan alliance. Story

Kendall: Military Must Keep Technological Edge

It's paramount that the U.S. military maintains its technological edge in the future, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Frank Kendall told civilians and service members at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. Story

Disaster Preparedness Mirrors Military Readiness, Official Says

The Defense Department takes pride in its readiness to defend the nation against military threats, and also in its role as a partner in emergency and disaster response, a DoD official said. Story | Special

Department's Month of the Military Child Recognizes Young Family Members

To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child. Story | Special

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Photo: Month of Military Child 2015

Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.

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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. Dozens of wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as military retirees, compete in the annual Warrior Games, which will be held June 19-28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.The Defense Department supports the continuing education and empowerment of military women as they risk their lives to protect our nation. This Defense.gov special report takes a closer look at the contributions of women in the U.S. armed forces as they continue to lead our nation's defense into the future.U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, travels to California, Japan and South Korea.The Defense Department salutes our nation's heroes on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2015. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration.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 United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.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.The Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.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.In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these were the deployment of men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.Navy Adm. James. A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting his third USO tour, traveling with athletes and celebrities to visit deployed service members around the world. The tour runs through March 9, 2015.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said 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 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 American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.

Features

Face of Defense

Air Force Senior Airman Julie Breault Airman Seeks to ‘Make a Difference’

Air Force Senior Airman Julie Breault said the desire to serve in the military was instilled in her at a young age. Story

Employer Support Freedom Award

DoD Announces 'Freedom Award’ Semifinalists

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department office, has selected 150 employers as semifinalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, ESGR officials said in a news release. Story

Military Families

ThanksUSA Offers Scholarships to Children, Spouses of Service Members

ThanksUSA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to thanking America's troops through the gift of education, is inviting children and spouses of America's armed forces to apply for its post-secondary education scholarships. Story

In The Spotlight

Defense Standardization Program Office Announces 2014 Award Recipients

One person and five teams have received awards from the Defense Standardization Program Office for outstanding achievements in 2014. Story

National Guard

Hawaii Airmen Host Sentry Aloha ExerciseThis story contains video.

The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted more than 1,000 service members and 45 aircraft from seven states at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the year’s second Sentry Aloha, a large-force combat aircraft exercise. Video

Science and Technology

DARPA Unveils Program Using Open Systems, ‘Plug and Fly’ to Boost Air Power

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

RT @southcomwatch: #SOUTHCOM rockin' out w/ @KidRock during @chevrolet sponsored #BestDayEver concert honoring S. Fla. service members http…
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL weapon storage building near Ramadi, #Iraq, March 16, 2015. For more videos: http://t.co/cZ9uR3CwpV
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL staging area near Mosul, #Iraq, March 26, 2015. For more videos: http://t.co/cXGkfCVesi
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL fighting position near Al Hasakah, #Syria, March 15, 2015. For more videos: http://t.co/7X5rkV7aKm
Whatever you want to do, you can do in service to your country. Find out how you can join the #ForceoftheFuture http://t.co/5iG9tYQiDG
There's nothing better than getting out of bed in the morning, knowing you're doing something bigger than urself -#SecDef #ForceoftheFuture
Building #forceofthefuture - attracting best, maintaining best & helping vets/families back into civilian life post service key -#SecDef
RT @IVMFSyracuseU: @DeptofDefense #SecDef​ Carter visits IVMF to talk transitioning service members back into society. #ForceoftheFuture ht…
#SecDef at Ft. Drum: you are the finest fighting force the world has ever known. We have to keep it that way #forceofthefuture
The Pentagon can be a pretty closed five-sided box. We've got to think outside of it. #ForceoftheFuture
Today I described my vision for the #forceofthefuture. I came here to Ft. Drum to hear from you about ways to retain our best -#SecDef

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The U.S. Department of Defense is working with FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency to bolster U.S. preparedness for hazards of all types to strengthen our collective security, resilience and readiness. #PrepareAthon #NatlPrep


Defense.gov Special Report: National Preparedness Month - 2014
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The Defense Department is working with FEMA to bolster U.S. preparedness for hazards of all types to strengthen our collective security, resilience and readiness.
Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child. #KidsServeToo


Defense.gov Special Report: Month of Military Child 2015
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Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is desi…
Coalition airstrike against an ISIL weapon storage building near Ramadi, Iraq, March 16, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition
nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL staging area near Mosul, Iraq, March 26, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition
nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL fighting position near Al Hasakah, Syria, March 15, 2015.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition
nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



There are countless ways to serve your country. Here are just 10 that you may not have considered – and oh yeah, they’re pretty cool, too! #ForceoftheFuture


10 (Awesome) Careers That Serve Your Country, Too | DoDLive
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There are countless ways to serve your country. Here are just 10 that you may not have considered – and oh yeah, they’re pretty cool, too!
#SecDef Carter told veterans and students at Syracuse University, that because of the skills the military lives and breathes - leadership, technical skills, getting the job done - civilian employees increasingly see veterans as a pipeline for 21st century talent. We have to capitalize on that.


Happening Now: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaking at Syracuse University .Watch LIVE at: http://www.defense.gov/live/ and follow the conversation on Twitter @DoDNews #ForceoftheFuture


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This morning, #SecDef Carter visited the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and learned firsthand about the amazing work they are doing to support veterans and their families post-service.


Following his troop talk at U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division, #SecDef Carter learned about the great work being done at the Soldier for Life Transition Center


After hearing directly from the troops at Fort Drum about how we can maintain the best #forceofthefuture, #SecDef Carter gave his coin to each service member


#SecDef Carter thanks the troops, families, and community of Fort Drum for what they do for our country


Fort Drum soldiers waiting to hear from #SecDef Carter about the #forceofthefuture. Carter will thank each soldier individually for his/her service.


Whatever you want to do, you can do in service to your country. Find out how you can join the #ForceoftheFuture here:
http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0315_force-of-the-future/


Defense.gov Special Report: Force of the Future
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Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography
Today, #SecDef Carter launched the #forceofthefuture initiative designed to attract and inspire best and brightest to serve our country - in uniform or out.



Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will speak at his Alma mater, Abington Senior High School this morning on the #forceofthefuture. Watch LIVE at 9:40 a.m. EDT on http://www.defense.gov/live/ and follow the conversation on Twitter @DODNews.


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Be a doctor. Be a firefighter. Be a part of the #ForceoftheFuture. Find out more at defense.gov


Be an astronaut. Be a doctor. Be a daredevil. Be a part of the #ForceoftheFuture. Find out more at defense.gov


Defense Secretary Ash Carter and senior Defense officials host a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon March 26, 2015. To view the entire photo essay visit: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/photoessayss.aspx?id=6155


Coalition airstrike against an ISIL compound near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 25, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL staging area near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 26, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL defensive position near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 26, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The mission of the operation is to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Seventy years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department remembers the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought on the Pacific island, and those who gave their lives there. http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0315_iwojima/


Defense.gov Special Report: Iwo Jima - 70th Anniversary
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"Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue." -- U.S. Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, March 16, 1945
Today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke at the State Department on the future partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of State. Over the years, the two Departments have worked together and these photos reflect just a few of their interactions.


Partnership between the Dept. of Defense and Dept. of State
Today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke at the State Department on the future partnership between the @[114648515718:274:U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)] and the @[15877306073:274:U.S. Department of State]. Over the years, the two Departments have worked together and these photos reflect just a few of their interactions.

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Wearable Technology Goes Under the Microscope
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