The most recent news articles are listed below. Older content is available at archive.defense.gov.
February 12, 2016
DoD Plans Benefit Revision With ‘Blended Retirement’
An overhaul of the current military retirement system is slated to take effect January 1, 2018. The new system has three elements: a 401(k)-style component with Defense Department matching funds for entry-level and other service members, a mid-career continuity bonus, and a retirement annuity similar to the one now in place for service members that complete twenty or more years of eligible service.
Afghan National Defense Forces Are Work in Progress, DoD Officials Say
U.S. strategy is in Afghanistan is based on the goal of not allowing the country to become a haven for extremists.
Carter Meets With Emirati Defense Minister
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Defense Affairs His Excellency Mohammed Al Bowardi met to discuss their nations’ shared security challenges, including the effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Face of Defense: Airman Uses Cycling to Set Example for Others
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson said that the most inspiring thing about his journey to the Air Force Cycling Team is positively affecting other airmen.
Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
February 11, 2016
Carter: Counter-ISIL Defense Ministers Unanimously Support Objectives
After meeting in Brussels with coalition defense ministers, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said his counterparts unanimously support objectives to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
DoD Officials Discuss Regional Deterrence, Nuke Modernization
The administration's nuclear sustainment and modernization plan is what is needed for effective deterrence, and the plan is affordable if the Defense Department prioritizes it, senior defense officials told Congress.
Focus on Goals, Anything is Possible, DoD Official Says
The deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy says he found success by focusing on goals, education, working hard and staying positive.
Defense Ministers Meet to Discuss Coalition to Counter ISIL
In Brussels, Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosted a meeting of defense ministers from countries contributing troops to the global coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Face of Defense: Female Soldier Completes NATO Winter Training Course
ELVERUM, Norway —
U.S. Army Capt. Kate Alfin, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, is the first female soldier from an allied NATO military to complete the Allied Winter Course at the Norwegian School of Winter Warfare.