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An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft connects to the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel during exercise Red Flag 16-1 over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Jan. 28, 2016. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft connects to the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel during exercise Red Flag 16-1 over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Jan. 28, 2016. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor
Evolving challenges drive the Defense Department’s planning for its $582.7 billion fiscal year 2017 budget request, including Russian aggression in Europe, the rise of China in the Asia Pacific, North Korea, Iran, and the ongoing fight against terrorism, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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Evolving challenges drive the Defense Department’s planning for its $582.7 billion fiscal year 2017 budget request, including Russian aggression in Europe, the rise of China in the Asia Pacific, North Korea, Iran, and the ongoing fight against terrorism, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, swears in Marcel Lettre as the undersecretary of defense for intelligence during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Feb. 5, 2016. Confirmed by the Senate in December 2015, Lettre serves as the principal intelligence advisory to the secretary, and exercises authority over all Defense Department intelligence and security organizations. Lettre also oversees 110,000 personnel as well as defense intelligence components, including the Military Intelligence Program, the defense portion of the National Intelligence Program and intelligence interests within the Battlespace Awareness portfolio. He is the department’s principal contact for the CIA, and represents the department on intelligence and sensitive operations at the National Security Council. DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, swears in Marcel Lettre as the undersecretary of defense for intelligence during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Feb. 5, 2016. Confirmed by the Senate in December 2015, Lettre serves as the principal intelligence advisory to the secretary, and exercises authority over all Defense ...More
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Operation Inherent Resolve: Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Soldiers and airmen work together to upload an AH-64 Apache helicopter onboard a C-17 Globemaster III to support training operations on Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Feb. 4, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe
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Soldiers and airmen work together to upload an AH-64 Apache helicopter onboard a C-17 Globemaster III to support training operations on Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Feb. 4, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter travels to Germany, Estonia and Belgium for meetings with European defense ministers and to participate in his first NATO Ministerial as defense secretary. Carter intends to reaffirm continued U.S. commitment to security in the region and hear from U.S. service members stationed in Europe.
America's Continued Commitment to European Security Operation Atlantic Resolve
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter travels to Germany, Estonia and Belgium for meetings with European defense ministers and to participate in his first NATO Ministerial as defense secretary. Carter intends to reaffirm continued U.S. commitment to security in the region and hear from U.S. service members stationed in Europ ...More
The Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, perform a flyover during Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., Feb. 7, 2016. A joint armed forces choir and a military color guard participated in the football event. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. Army photo by Spc. Brandon C. Dyer
Super Bowl Flyover
The Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, perform a flyover during Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., Feb. 7, 2016. A joint armed forces choir and a military color guard participated in the football event. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. Army photo by Spc. Brandon C. Dyer
Army Spc. Shane Rader runs during a 12-mile ruck march as part of the testing phase for the expert infantryman badge at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 5, 2016. Bader is a paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
Ruck March
Army Spc. Shane Rader runs during a 12-mile ruck march as part of the testing phase for the expert infantryman badge at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 5, 2016. Bader is a paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
The Defense Department must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military.
Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
The Defense Department must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military.
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft connects to the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel during exercise Red Flag 16-1 over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Jan. 28, 2016. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor
Evolving challenges drive the Defense Department’s planning for its $582.7 billion fiscal year 2017 budget request, including Russian aggression in Europe, the rise of China in the Asia Pacific, North Korea, Iran, and the ongoing fight against terrorism, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, swears in Marcel Lettre as the undersecretary of defense for intelligence during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Feb. 5, 2016. Confirmed by the Senate in December 2015, Lettre serves as the principal intelligence advisory to the secretary, and exercises authority over all Defense Department intelligence and security organizations. Lettre also oversees 110,000 personnel as well as defense intelligence components, including the Military Intelligence Program, the defense portion of the National Intelligence Program and intelligence interests within the Battlespace Awareness portfolio. He is the department’s principal contact for the CIA, and represents the department on intelligence and sensitive operations at the National Security Council. DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Soldiers and airmen work together to upload an AH-64 Apache helicopter onboard a C-17 Globemaster III to support training operations on Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Feb. 4, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter travels to Germany, Estonia and Belgium for meetings with European defense ministers and to participate in his first NATO Ministerial as defense secretary. Carter intends to reaffirm continued U.S. commitment to security in the region and hear from U.S. service members stationed in Europe.
The Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, perform a flyover during Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., Feb. 7, 2016. A joint armed forces choir and a military color guard participated in the football event. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10. Army photo by Spc. Brandon C. Dyer
Army Spc. Shane Rader runs during a 12-mile ruck march as part of the testing phase for the expert infantryman badge at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 5, 2016. Bader is a paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
The Defense Department must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military.
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