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Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook conducts a press briefing with reporters at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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Four F-35 Lightning II aircraft prepare for takeoff at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Hill's active-duty and Air Force Reserve F-35 pilots recently began flying routine four-ship configurations, just as they would in combat. This marks a key milestone in getting the Air Force's newest fighter jet to reach initial operational capability later this year, at which time it will be combat-ready. (Paul Holcomb)
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with Phil Haun, dean of academics at the U.S. Naval War College, during a forum with mid-grade and senior officers on the campus in Newport, R.I., May 25, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to address graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to address graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md.
Soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Marine Sgt. Lucas Fernandez exits the pool after training Marine Sgt. Lucas Fernandez exits the pool after training Mongolian soldiers in basic water survival techniques as part of Khaan Quest 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 26, 2016. The class prepares the soldiers for riverine training later in the exercise. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Markus Castaneda
Marine Sgt. Lucas Fernandez exits the pool after training Mongolian soldiers in basic water survival techniques as part of Khaan Quest 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 26, 2016. The class prepares the soldiers for riverine training later in the exercise. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Markus Castaneda
Marines and sailors conduct a training attack on range 400 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 25, 2016. Marines use the complex range to test and improve combat readiness and skills. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird
Marines and sailors conduct a training attack on range 400 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 25, 2016. Marines use the complex range to test and improve combat readiness and skills. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird
An Army flight medic assembles an M4 carbine as a thick cloud of smoke limits his visibility during the stress shoot portion of the Best Warrior Competition on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 21, 2016. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval
An Army flight medic assembles an M4 carbine as a thick cloud of smoke limits his visibility during the stress shoot portion of the Best Warrior Competition on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 21, 2016. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval
U.S. Marines grapple during squad-on-squad ground fighting at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, May 25, 2016. The  competition determined which rifle squad or weapons platoon section had the best physical fitness, small-unit leadership and cohesion. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch
U.S. Marines grapple during squad-on-squad ground fighting at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, May 25, 2016. The competition determined which rifle squad or weapons platoon section had the best physical fitness, small-unit leadership and cohesion. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch
Navy Petty Officer Alexander Hogan runs off the runway after ensuring a T-45C Goshawk is ready for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, May 23, 2016. The Washington is conducting carrier qualifications. Navy photo by Seaman Clemente A. Lynch
Navy Petty Officer Alexander Hogan runs off the runway after ensuring a T-45C Goshawk is ready for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, May 23, 2016. The Washington is conducting carrier qualifications. Navy photo by Seaman Clemente A. Lynch
Marines, sailors and a "gator" mascot aboard the USS Bataan man the rails during the parade of ships as part of Fleet Week New York in New York City, May 25, 2016. The Bataan transported more than 500 troops assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the event. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek
Marines, sailors and a "gator" mascot aboard the USS Bataan man the rails during the parade of ships as part of Fleet Week New York in New York City, May 25, 2016. The Bataan transported more than 500 troops assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the event. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek
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.
Marines endure debris from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter at a landing zone outside of Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, May 20, 2016. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch
Marines endure debris from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter at a landing zone outside of Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, May 20, 2016. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Marine Lance Cpl. Zach King, left, and Cpl. Derick Sammonek brace themselves as a 60mm mortar exits an M224 mortar system during Exercise Eager Lion 2016 in Jordan, May 15, 2016. The exercise enables partner nations to exchange military expertise and improve interoperability. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers
Marine Lance Cpl. Zach King, left, and Cpl. Derick Sammonek brace themselves as a 60mm mortar exits an M224 mortar system during Exercise Eager Lion 2016 in Jordan, May 15, 2016. The exercise enables partner nations to exchange military expertise and improve interoperability. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has launched a national discussion on building the Force of the Future and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has launched a national discussion on building the Force of the Future and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to address graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md.
Soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Marine Sgt. Lucas Fernandez exits the pool after training Marine Sgt. Lucas Fernandez exits the pool after training Mongolian soldiers in basic water survival techniques as part of Khaan Quest 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 26, 2016. The class prepares the soldiers for riverine training later in the exercise. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Markus Castaneda
Marines and sailors conduct a training attack on range 400 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 25, 2016. Marines use the complex range to test and improve combat readiness and skills. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird
An Army flight medic assembles an M4 carbine as a thick cloud of smoke limits his visibility during the stress shoot portion of the Best Warrior Competition on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 21, 2016. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval
U.S. Marines grapple during squad-on-squad ground fighting at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, May 25, 2016. The  competition determined which rifle squad or weapons platoon section had the best physical fitness, small-unit leadership and cohesion. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch
Navy Petty Officer Alexander Hogan runs off the runway after ensuring a T-45C Goshawk is ready for launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, May 23, 2016. The Washington is conducting carrier qualifications. Navy photo by Seaman Clemente A. Lynch
Marines, sailors and a "gator" mascot aboard the USS Bataan man the rails during the parade of ships as part of Fleet Week New York in New York City, May 25, 2016. The Bataan transported more than 500 troops assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the event. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek
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.
Marines endure debris from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter at a landing zone outside of Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, May 20, 2016. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Marine Lance Cpl. Zach King, left, and Cpl. Derick Sammonek brace themselves as a 60mm mortar exits an M224 mortar system during Exercise Eager Lion 2016 in Jordan, May 15, 2016. The exercise enables partner nations to exchange military expertise and improve interoperability. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has launched a national discussion on building the Force of the Future and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley hosts the 2016 Army Communities of Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon, May 24, 2016. Army photo by Sgt. Ricky Bowden
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