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Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, shakes hands with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at a meeting of defense ministers and senior leaders from the coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 20, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
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Army paratroopers conduct a joint forcible entry operation during a field training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 5, 2016. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Chase Coker launches an AV-8B Harrier II off the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Gulf, July 11, 2106. The Boxer is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the 5th Fleet area of operations. Coker is an aviation boatswain's mate handling. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Jaen
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter conducts a news conference at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Boston.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter conducts a news conference at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Boston.
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 Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
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 Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
USS Stethem crew members fire an MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun at a surface target during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore 2016, an annual maritime exercise between the United States and nine partner nations, in the South China Sea, July 24, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Pearl
USS Stethem crew members fire an MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun at a surface target during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore 2016, an annual maritime exercise between the United States and nine partner nations, in the South China Sea, July 24, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Pearl
Service members and community volunteers unravel the American flag at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 25, 2016. More than 200 volunteers participated in this year’s Military Monday event. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter
Service members and community volunteers unravel the American flag at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 25, 2016. More than 200 volunteers participated in this year’s Military Monday event. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak with reporters at the Pentagon, July 25, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak with reporters at the Pentagon, July 25, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Army Pfc. Camill Hernandez, left, and Spc. Caleb Clark prepare to fire an 81mm mortar during Arctic Anvil 2016 at the Yukon Training Area near Fort Wainwright, Alaska, July 23, 2016. The multinational exercise aims to improve interoperability. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Army Pfc. Camill Hernandez, left, and Spc. Caleb Clark prepare to fire an 81mm mortar during Arctic Anvil 2016 at the Yukon Training Area near Fort Wainwright, Alaska, July 23, 2016. The multinational exercise aims to improve interoperability. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Sailors signal to an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during visit, board, search and seizure training as it hovers over the flight deck of the USS McCampbell in the South China Sea, July 22, 2016. The ship is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Elesia K. Patten
Sailors signal to an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during visit, board, search and seizure training as it hovers over the flight deck of the USS McCampbell in the South China Sea, July 22, 2016. The ship is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Elesia K. Patten
Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Frye removes a car windshield with an ax during Patriot North 16 at Volk Field, Wis., July 16, 2016. The annual exercise helps the Guard develop working relationships with first responders and government agencies. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Frye removes a car windshield with an ax during Patriot North 16 at Volk Field, Wis., July 16, 2016. The annual exercise helps the Guard develop working relationships with first responders and government agencies. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosted a counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant meeting in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2016, where the ongoing fight against ISIL was discussed. One way U.S. Central Command is fighting ISIL is online by disrupting their propaganda and exposing their hypocrisies and crimes.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosted a counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant meeting in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2016, where the ongoing fight against ISIL was discussed. One way U.S. Central Command is fighting ISIL is online by disrupting their propaganda and exposing their hypocrisies and crimes.
Soldiers hook onto a static line inside a C-17 Globemaster III for a training jump to prepare for the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 20, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Richardson
Soldiers hook onto a static line inside a C-17 Globemaster III for a training jump to prepare for the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 20, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Richardson
Defense Secretary Ash Carter conducts a news conference at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Boston.
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 Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
USS Stethem crew members fire an MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun at a surface target during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore 2016, an annual maritime exercise between the United States and nine partner nations, in the South China Sea, July 24, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Pearl
Service members and community volunteers unravel the American flag at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 25, 2016. More than 200 volunteers participated in this year’s Military Monday event. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak with reporters at the Pentagon, July 25, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Army Pfc. Camill Hernandez, left, and Spc. Caleb Clark prepare to fire an 81mm mortar during Arctic Anvil 2016 at the Yukon Training Area near Fort Wainwright, Alaska, July 23, 2016. The multinational exercise aims to improve interoperability. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Sailors signal to an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during visit, board, search and seizure training as it hovers over the flight deck of the USS McCampbell in the South China Sea, July 22, 2016. The ship is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Elesia K. Patten
Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Frye removes a car windshield with an ax during Patriot North 16 at Volk Field, Wis., July 16, 2016. The annual exercise helps the Guard develop working relationships with first responders and government agencies. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosted a counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant meeting in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2016, where the ongoing fight against ISIL was discussed. One way U.S. Central Command is fighting ISIL is online by disrupting their propaganda and exposing their hypocrisies and crimes.
Soldiers hook onto a static line inside a C-17 Globemaster III for a training jump to prepare for the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 20, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Richardson
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