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10/31/2011

Study Finds No Evidence of Health Problems From Burn Pits      

WASHINGTON - A 14-member committee of the Institute of Medicine could neither prove nor disprove that service members’ exposure to burning trash piles in Iraq and Afghanistan could cause long-term health problems.

10/31/2011

Guard Provides Aid in Wake of Snowstorm  This story contains photos.    

MILFORD, Mass. - About 392 Guard members are on duty in Massachusetts, parts of which had received nearly two feet of snow, National Guard Bureau officials said.

10/31/2011

U.S. Will Maintain Ties, Presence in Persian Gulf      

WASHINGTON - The United States will maintain a forward-deployed presence in the Persian Gulf region, an area where it has had troops stationed since World War II, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

10/31/2011

Face of Defense: Marines Supply Ammunition to Troops  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Several units work together to coordinate the movement of a vast amount of ammunition to ensure Marines and other troops in Afghanistan can accomplish their missions.

10/31/2011

Combined Forces Kill 10 Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 insurgents, detained one suspect and seized three weapons caches during operations.

10/29/2011

16 Coalition Personnel Killed in Afghanistan Attacks      

WASHINGTON - A car bomb smashed into a coalition convoy in Kabul killing 13 coalition personnel, and a second attack in southern Afghanistan took the lives of three more coalition personnel when a man opened fire on the troops, NATO officials said.

10/28/2011

Panetta Orders Military Support for Turkey Earthquake Relief      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta ordered U.S. European Command to provide humanitarian relief supplies to Turkey following a devastating earthquake.

10/28/2011

Report Shows Afghanistan Plan is Working, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s latest report to Congress on Afghanistan details steady progress and shows the plan there is working, a senior defense official said.

10/28/2011

Belvoir Hospital Shows U.S. Loves Troops, Stanley Says  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The military’s new state-of-the-art community hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va., is a testament to the love Americans feel for service members and their families, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness said.

10/28/2011

Report Cites Security Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces made tremendous progress over the past three months in Afghanistan, according to the Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan that was submitted to Congress.

10/28/2011

No Near-term Changes to DOD Tuition Assistance Policy      

WASHINGTON - Although no changes to the tuition assistance policy will be made in the near term, defense officials stated the tuition assistance program will be considered as part of the holistic review of the military compensation package.

10/28/2011

Face of Defense: Convoys Truck Equipment Out of Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The number of convoys leaving Iraq is growing each day as Operation New Dawn nears the end of its mission.

10/28/2011

NATO Commander Cites Continued Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - After a three-day trip to Afghanistan, the top U.S. European Command and NATO military officer reported positive security trends and continued momentum in transitioning security responsibility to Afghan forces.

10/28/2011

Odierno, Son Receive Italian Foundation Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and his son, retired Army Capt. Anthony K. Odierno, received the Basilone Award from the National Italian American Foundation in a ceremony at the National Archives.

10/28/2011

Combined Forces Kill 11 Insurgents, Detain 15 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 11 insurgents, detained 15 suspected individuals and seized a weapons cache during operations across eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

10/28/2011

Department Reminds Troops of Member-designated Benefits      

WASHINGTON - In their ongoing review of military benefits in connection with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Defense Department officials have now identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation.

10/28/2011

U.S., South Korean Defense Chiefs Cite Strategic Progress  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The United States and South Korea are taking additional steps to advance their military cooperation into a strategic alliance of bilateral, global scope, both nations’ defense leaders said at a news conference in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

10/27/2011

Libyan Fighters to Receive U.S. Medical Treatment      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government will bring two dozen Libyan fighters to the United States for medical treatment they cannot receive at home, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced.

10/27/2011

Dempsey: Troops Mission-focused Despite Budget Worries      

SEOUL - While U.S. troops are concerned about how the country’s budget issues will affect them and their families, service members take their profession seriously, the nation’s top military officer said on a trip to Seoul.

10/27/2011

Vice Chiefs Detail Consequences of Budget Cuts      

WASHINGTON - The vice chiefs of the services told Congress members that they fear budget cuts could cause a hollow force, and ask that they be judicious in their decisions.

10/27/2011

Global Nature of Terrorism Drives Biosurveillance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The global nature of terrorism and the growing potential of nations and individuals to acquire weapons of mass destruction drive the Defense Department’s effort to counter such threats.

10/27/2011

Stanley Resigns as Pentagon's Top Personnel Official      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has accepted the resignation request of Clifford L. Stanley, a retired Marine Corps major general and the Pentagon’s top personnel official.

10/27/2011

Program Employs Technology to Aid Families      

WASHINGTON - A Navy program that’s been building resilience in service members and their families since 2008 is turning to technology to expand its worldwide reach.

10/27/2011

Defense Department Works To Become Audit-ready      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is improving its resource planning systems to meet Congress’ mandate to be audit-ready by 2017, while also demonstrating good fiscal stewardship of taxpayer dollars, a senior defense official said.

10/27/2011

Cyber Defense Requires Teamwork, Agility, Alexander Says      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Cyber Command called for increased collaboration among the government, industry and America’s allies in developing more defensible networks to confront escalating global cyber threats.

10/27/2011

Objectives Achievable Despite Pakistan Sanctuaries, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Haqqani network sanctuaries in Pakistan are a concern that can be overcome in meeting Afghanistan objectives in 2014, Army Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, told Pentagon reporters.

10/27/2011

Clinton Discusses Way Forward in Afghanistan, Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States has made tremendous progress in Afghanistan, but the work that remains to be done requires cooperation from both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

10/27/2011

Insurgents Face Unrelenting Pressure in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents fighting against the Afghan government and people can end their violent ways and rejoin their communities or face unrelenting pressure, a senior International Security Assistance Force commander said.

10/27/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Honors Fallen, Injured Troops  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. James J. Dacey is running 345 miles to honor and to raise public awareness for the nation’s fallen and wounded warriors.

10/27/2011

Combined Force Kills Insurgent, Detains Suspects      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed an armed insurgent and detained several suspects during a search for a Taliban leader in the Zurmat district of Paktia province.

10/27/2011

U.S., South Korea Maintain Peninsula Security  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta assured senior South Korean leaders that the United States will continue to provide the military forces and capabilities needed to maintain security on the Korean peninsula.

10/27/2011

Panetta to Troops: ‘You Carry on Nation’s Legacy’  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - In addition to emphasizing the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has taken every opportunity during a trip through the region to thank U.S. troops for their service and sacrifices.

10/26/2011

Military Post Offices in Iraq to Close Nov. 17      

WASHINGTON - Because U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17, Defense Department officials said.

10/26/2011

Officials Stress Keeping Faith on Military Retirement      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has no proposals or recommendations on revamping military retirement at this time, but any future proposal must not break faith with those in the military today, senior Pentagon officials told Congress.

10/26/2011

Consolidation Streamlines Household Moves, Saves Money      

WASHINGTON - Military members and civilian Defense Department employees aren’t expected to notice it, but changes that start next year at U.S. Transportation Command will help to make their household goods shipments more efficient and cost-effective.

10/26/2011

Face of Defense: Medical Technician Aids Rescue Team  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darrell Mathieu, a medical technician serving with the 212th Rescue Squadron at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska, has helped his unit to save 56 lives so far this year.

10/26/2011

Panetta Pledges Security Support for South Korea  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The United States remains steadfast in its resolve to provide security support for South Korea, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told service members in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

10/26/2011

Combined Force Captures Haqqani Network Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader in the Sabari district of Khost province.

10/26/2011

Panetta Calls South Korea Key U.S. Global Partner      

SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta termed the security partnership between the United States and South Korea as a great force for peace, stability and prosperity on the Asia-Pacific region.

10/26/2011

Panetta Lauds Japanese-U.S. Relief Effort  This story contains photos.    

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told U.S. sailors aboard the USS Blue Ridge that while America’s military is the world’s best, “in the end, the best service we do is … reach out and help our fellow human beings in need.”

10/25/2011

Military Medicine Works on Managing Pain      

WASHINGTON - Military medicine is seeking additional ways to help patients manage their pain instead of just prescribing powerful drugs, the chief of staff of the Army’s pain management task force said.

10/25/2011

Days of Bullying as Rite of Passage Are Gone, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - In the past, bullying was deemed a rite of passage, but that’s not the case any more, a Defense Department official said. The Defense Department has partnered with the Education Department and a host of other federal agencies to develop new strategies to combat the issue.

10/25/2011

Official: Troops in Central Africa for Months, Not Years      

WASHINGTON - About a hundred U.S. troops being deployed to Central Africa will be there for months -- not years -- and only until the national armies of the region are capable of dismantling the terrorist group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, a senior Pentagon official told Congress.

10/25/2011

Executive Action Creates Jobs for Veterans      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using executive action to create new jobs for veterans in support of the American Jobs Act. To jumpstart the initiative, Obama has asked the private sector to hire and train 100,000 military veterans and spouses.

10/25/2011

Pentagon Monitors Thailand Flood Situation      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed serious concern and offered condolences for Thai residents experiencing the worst flooding the nation has seen in 50 years.

10/25/2011

Senior DOD Official Visits Indiana Training Center  This story contains photos.    

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER - Clifford L. Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, traveled to Indiana to observe how Defense Department civilians are trained before they deploy to Afghanistan.

10/25/2011

Demand Grows for Squad-level Linguist Program  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., were the first to participate in a new program that provides short-term, intensive language and cultural training to deploying military members.

10/25/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Recalls Bomb Blast      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - As a teenager working on farms and in construction in his hometown of Urbana, Ohio, Marine Corps Capt. Chase B. Wheeler never thought he’d one day be a Marine combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

10/25/2011

Combined Force Captures Insurgent Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a facilitator for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization, along with two other suspected insurgents, in the Bangi district of Takhar province.

10/25/2011

Panetta Discusses Okinawa Issues During Japan Visit  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Japanese leaders discussed the relocation of U.S. forces on Okinawa and the need to strengthen their bilateral alliance during a series of meetings in Tokyo.

10/24/2011

Monument Recognizes Jewish Chaplains’ Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The sacrifices of 14 rabbis killed on active military service are now recognized by a new monument on Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery.

10/24/2011

‘Red Ribbon Week’ Promotes Drug Awareness, Prevention      

WASHINGTON - Promoting drug awareness and preventing illegal drug use among service members and their families is the aim of an annual campaign Pentagon officials are highlighting.

10/24/2011

U.S., Iraq Move Toward Normal Military Relations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi officials are working toward the kind of standard military-to-military relations that the United States has with many other countries around the world, a Pentagon spokesman said.

10/24/2011

Face of Defense: Friends Become Army Brothers in Arms  This story contains photos.    

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - When Army Pvt. Jereld Vanhook arrived on Fort Jackson, S.C., to go through basic combat training, his good friend Pfc. Omari Paul was by his side.

10/24/2011

Panetta Lauds Growing U.S.-Indonesia Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Following a visit to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations annual meeting, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised Indonesia’s leadership in promoting regional security cooperation as part of the growing U.S.-Indonesia defense partnership.

10/24/2011

Panetta: U.S.-Japan Alliance Vital to Regional Security      

WASHINGTON - In a commentary published in Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called the U.S.-Japan alliance a cornerstone of regional security and stability that’s critical to addressing challenges such as North Korea and China.

10/24/2011

Panetta Answers Troops’ Questions in Japan      

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta answered questions about the impact of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence in Japan, time at home for soldiers between deployments and other topics during a town hall on Yokota Air Base, Japan.

10/24/2011

Panetta Praises U.S.-Japan Alliance  This story contains photos.    

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta cited the importance of America’s alliance with Japan in maintaining peace and security across the Pacific region as he addressed U.S. and Japanese troops stationed on Yokota Air Base, Japan.

10/24/2011

Airstrike Destroys IED Facility in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces called in an airstrike to destroy an insurgent compound in the Sangin district of Helmand province.

10/23/2011

Obama Congratulates Libyans on Their Liberation Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama congratulated the Libyan people on their Liberation Day, saying the nation is beginning a “new era of promise.”

10/23/2011

Leaders Express Sympathy at Crown Prince’s Passing      

WASHINGTON - U.S. leaders expressed their sympathy and condolences to the Saudi royal family and all Saudi Arabians on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.

10/23/2011

Panetta Addresses Southeast Asian Defense Ministers      

BALI, Indonesia - The United States strongly supports the continuing development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations security community, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said after he spoke at the annual meeting of defense ministers.

10/23/2011

Panetta: U.S.-Indonesia Security Partnership Expanding      

BALI, Indonesia - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Indonesian counterpart discussed their nations' close security partnership during the secretary's first full day of a weeklong trip that also will take him to Japan and South Korea.

10/22/2011

Panetta to Meet With Indonesian Officials      

BALI, Indonesia - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is scheduled to meet with his Indonesian counterpart, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, during the first day of a weeklong Asian visit that also will take him to Japan and South Korea.

10/22/2011

Events in Iraq, Libya Showcase American Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Events in Libya and Iraq this past week emphasize the Obama administration has renewed American leadership in the world, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address to the nation.

10/21/2011

NATO, Partners Agree to End Libya Mission      

WASHINGTON - The NATO operation in Libya will end Oct. 31, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

10/21/2011

Secretary Notes ‘Responsible End’ to Iraq Mission  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said President Barack Obama’s announcement that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq by year’s end was “a real turning point from the last 10 years of war.”

10/21/2011

Panetta Lauds NATO, Partners for Libya Operation  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta commended all of the forces that have been involved in Libya as the NATO mission there nears completion, adding that the United States, NATO and Libya’s Arab partners will help the country move forward.

10/21/2011

Panetta Outlines Goals for Asia Trip  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters traveling with him on a three-nation trip to Asia that his visit brings a “clear message” to the region.

10/21/2011

Panetta Issues Message on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a message concerning President Barack Obama’s announcement that all U.S. forces will be out of Iraq by the end of the year:

10/21/2011

Comic Tells Pentagon Troops to ‘Git ‘er Done’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The comedian known as Larry the Cable Guy gave a shout-out to the troops while on location at the Pentagon to shoot an upcoming segment of his History Channel show, “Only in America.”

10/21/2011

Obama: All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq by Year’s End      

WASHINGTON - All U.S. service members will leave Iraq by the end of the year, President Barack Obama announced after speaking with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said.

10/21/2011

Website Promotes Cultural Awareness Education      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Language Office and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute have developed an internet portal to acquire, build and sustain cross-cultural competence across the total force, officials said.

10/21/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Competes in Triathlons      

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif., - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Bryan K. Cox came to realize his love for triathlons at the age of 30. Six years later, he is still running strong.

10/21/2011

Numerous Insurgents Killed in Afghanistan Airstrike      

WASHINGTON - A precision airstrike killed numerous insurgents during a combined Afghan and coalition operation in the Tarnek wa Jaldak district of Zabul province.

10/21/2011

Services Announce Recruiting Numbers for Fiscal 2011      

WASHINGTON - All four active-duty services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2011.

10/20/2011

Panetta to Highlight Regional Cooperation in Asia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will depart for Indonesia, Japan and South Korea, his first visit to Asia as head of the department, senior defense officials said.

10/20/2011

Cyber Commander Presses for Math, Science Education      

BALTIMORE - Ask the top U.S. cyber warrior how to ensure the next generation of Americans is able to confront future security challenges and he’ll tell you: beef up their math, science and technology education.

10/20/2011

Pentagon Looks to Smart Grids for Battlefield Energy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is looking to technologies that move electricity generation and distribution into the 21st century to increase the battlefield capability of warfighters, the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs said.

10/20/2011

Doctrine to Establish Rules of Engagement Against Cyber Attacks      

BALTIMORE - New doctrine under review by the Joint Staff will lay out rules of engagement against an attack in cyberspace and will help to define conditions in which the military can go on the offensive against cyber threats, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.

10/20/2011

Obama: Gadhafi’s Death Marks End of Painful Era for Libya      

WASHINGTON - The death of Moammar Gadhafi marks the end of a long and painful era for the Libyan people, President Barack Obama said in an address to the nation.

10/20/2011

War of 1812 Flagship Reveals Its Secrets      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy ship that’s rested on the bottom of the Patuxent River for nearly 200 years is slowly revealing its secrets to archaeologists, a senior Navy administrator said.

10/20/2011

DOD Makes Strides in Wartime Contracting, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Contractors have become an integral part of operations in wartime, and the Defense Department will continue to build on the work of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq, senior officials told a congressional subcommittee.

10/20/2011

Officials Seek DOD-wide Tuition Assistance Plan      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials are reviewing the Defense Department’s tuition assistance policy, and no DOD-wide decision has been made to change benefits, officials said.

10/20/2011

Face of Defense: Air Force Recognizes Commander, Spouse  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz presented Brig. Gen. Mark C. Dillon and his wife, Sara, the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award during a Pentagon ceremony.

10/20/2011

Combined Force Detains Multiple Insurgent Suspects      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district of Ghazni province.

10/19/2011

DOD Strives to Promote, Preserve Language Skills  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - With the Defense Department’s emphasis on developing language and cultural skills within the force, it’s working hard to ensure those capabilities don’t get lost after students leave the schoolhouse.

10/19/2011

General Cites Cyber Domain Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Space and cyberspace are growing in strategic importance as other nations increase their capabilities and the frequency of attacks on DOD networks continues to rise, the chief of U.S. Strategic Command said.

10/19/2011

Stratcom Chief Discusses U.S. Nuclear Triad      

WASHINGTON - While 10 years of war have focused the military on conventional weapons, the nation’s nuclear force is in need of attention, the chief of U.S. Strategic Command told defense reporters.

10/19/2011

First Lady Announces Hiring Commitment for Spouses, Vets      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama, on a visit with her husband to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., announced a private sector hiring commitment of 25,000 military spouses and veterans as part of the Joining Forces campaign.

10/19/2011

Face of Defense: Customs Inspectors Keep U.S. Secure  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The number of units packing up equipment and personal belongings is increasing as the U.S. military prepares to depart Iraq at the end of the year. But, everything that’s shipped to the states from Iraq must first go through a thorough inspection.

10/19/2011

Combined Force Kills, Detains Numerous Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained several suspects during a search for a Taliban facilitator in the Kajaki district of Helmand province.

10/19/2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Promotes Screening      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the nationwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign are partnering to encourage women to get regular mammograms as directed by their doctors.

10/19/2011

U.S., NATO Condemn Attacks in Turkey      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama was joined by NATO in denouncing the early morning terrorist attacks against various Turkish outposts and police stations along the Iraqi border.

10/18/2011

DOD, Partners Better Prepared for Cyber Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and its partners at home and worldwide are much better prepared to deal with cyber attacks than they were in 2008, the DOD cyber policy director said.

10/18/2011

General Counsel Calls for Flexibility in Detainee Cases      

WASHINGTON - Recent laws and legislation dictating how the United States handles and prosecutes military detainees tie the executive branch and military’s hands and risk national security setbacks, not gains, Pentagon General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson said.

10/18/2011

Author Offers Support to Military Kids Worldwide  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - Children's author Trevor Romain is taking a simple message to military kids around the world: People are with them "all the way."

10/18/2011

Defense Department Expands Disabled Employee Hiring      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to help from the federal Workforce Recruitment Program, the Defense Department hired more than 400 students and recent graduates with disabilities during fiscal year 2011.

10/18/2011

First Lady to Urge Military Family Support at World Series      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will bring their message of military family and veteran support to a vast audience as they attend the first game of the World Series.

10/18/2011

NATO: End in Sight As Libya Mission Continues      

WASHINGTON - As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Libya to reaffirm U.S. support for the country’s transitional government, NATO officials emphasized that the mission there, while nearing completion, isn’t over.

10/18/2011

Dempsey: New Energy Technologies Already Helping DOD      

WASHINGTON - New technologies championed by Defense Department officials already are making a difference at the Pentagon and on the battlefield, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.

10/18/2011

Panetta, Shinseki Discuss More Transition Support for Vets      

WASHINGTON - Ways to help separating service members and veterans prepare for and launch civilian careers topped the agenda during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s visit with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

10/18/2011

Modernized Voting Assistance Program Simplifies Process      

WASHINGTON - Significant improvements have taken place over the last five years in making military people more aware of the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the resources it makes available, the program’s director said.

10/18/2011

Combined Operations Target Insurgents, Weapons, Drugs      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces worked together in various operations to kill and capture insurgents, uncover their weapons stockpiles and seize drugs that generate funds for enemy fighters.

10/18/2011

Face of Defense: Uncle Re-enlists Nephew in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Service members who re-enlist during deployments rarely are fortunate enough to have family join in on their special occasion. Army Spc. Justin Slater is among the lucky few.

10/18/2011

Chairman’s Corner: The Military Retirement System      

WASHINGTON - In his latest blog post, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states his view on proposed changes to the military retirement system.

10/17/2011

Revamped Transition Program to Benefit Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - Officials soon will unveil a fully revamped Transition Assistance Program that’s aimed at better reaching service members throughout the world, said John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for wounded warrior care and transition policy.

10/17/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden Help to Renovate Veteran’s Home      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, pitched in alongside dozens of volunteers to complete renovations on a wounded warrior’s home.

10/17/2011

Wounded Warrior ‘Dances With the Stars’ for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At 28 years old, J.R. Martinez already has experienced life as a soldier wounded in combat, as a motivational speaker and as a soap opera actor. This fall, he added the role of dancer to his resume as a contestant on the hit ABC television series “Dancing with the Stars.”

10/17/2011

U.S., Italian Defense Leaders Reaffirm Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa to further their relationship as NATO partners while discussing the situations in Libya and Afghanistan.

10/17/2011

New Reserve Forces Board Chairman Looks Ahead      

WASHINGTON - The Reserve Forces Policy Board is returning to its 60-year-old roots under statutory changes giving it broader membership and a direct line to the defense secretary, the board’s new chairman said.

10/17/2011

Talks Continue On Post-2011 Troop Presence in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Discussions with the Iraqi government about a U.S. troop presence there after Dec. 31 continue, with no decisions yet made, senior defense officials said.

10/17/2011

U.S. Forces in Iraq Prepare for Transition      

WASHINGTON - The military is using an old camping adage as U.S. Forces Iraq continues to move service members out of Iraq and transfer control to the Iraqi government: “Leave the site in better shape than you found it.”

10/17/2011

Combined Force in Helmand Kills Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained several others during an operation in search of a Taliban facilitator in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

10/17/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Earns $10,000 With Simple ‘IDEA’  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Lopez earned $10,000 for an idea he submitted to fix a problem in F-22 Raptor maintenance procedures.

10/14/2011

Battaglia Ready to Assist in Shaping Total Force      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top enlisted service member said today he is ready to help DOD’s leaders address challenges and shape the military for 2020.

10/14/2011

McNabb Passes Transcom Command to Fraser  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Presiding at the change of command at U.S. Transportation Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey hailed a logistics enterprise Panetta called the backbone of the U.S. military.

10/14/2011

Dr. Biden: Nation Must Join to Support Military Children  This story contains photos.    

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno spoke at a conference in Maryland for child support professionals, citing the many challenges and stresses military children endure.

10/14/2011

Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Help in Central Africa      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment to central Africa of 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces whose mission is to help regional forces fight the notorious Lord's Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony.

10/14/2011

Afghan Security Forces Learn to Protect, Serve      

WASHINGTON - Two years of intense education and training by NATO forces have turned members of the Afghan army and police into a national security force that is learning to protect and serve and producing a new breed of leaders.

10/14/2011

Reserve Family Sparks Afghan Literacy Project  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thanks to an Army Reserve officer and his family, Afghan children are learning the joys of reading in an innovative literacy initiative that has been embraced by the U.S. State Department and the Afghan government.

10/14/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves to Honor Family  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt.1st Class Christopher B. Sutton works with intricate computer systems that detect incoming mortars and identify their firing location.

10/13/2011

DOD Leaders Bid Farewell to Former Deputy Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders honored the service of former deputy secretary of defense, William J. Lynn III, in a Pentagon ceremony, and bid him farewell as he retires to private life.

10/13/2011

Secretary, Chairman Offer Glimpse into Budget Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Troop locations, benefits, future equipment and the role of reserve component forces are under scrutiny as military services prepare to trim spending and reshape for future missions, the Defense Department’s senior leaders told Congress members.

10/13/2011

Centcom Releases Report on Chinook Tragedy      

WASHINGTON - An insurgent-fired rocket-propelled grenade was the primary cause of an Aug. 6 CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 38 U.S. and Afghan forces, a U.S. Central Command investigation confirmed.

10/13/2011

Dempsey: Partnerships, Innovation Crucial for Future Force      

WASHINGTON - Military operations since 9/11 teach that capabilities are spreading, international relationships matter, and innovation is essential to the joint force, the nation’s senior military officer told Congress.

10/13/2011

Southcom, Partners Fight Transnational Crime      

WASHINGTON - The military’s work with partners in South and Central America and the Caribbean have brought many gains in the area, from close military cooperation to supporting the fight against organized crime, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said.

10/13/2011

Panetta: Doubling Cuts Would Force Irresponsible Budgeting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation’s forces are near the goal of defeating al-Qaida, and must now prepare to counter new and emerging threats with steeply reduced funds, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Congress.

10/13/2011

Face of Defense: NCO Balances Soldiering, Coaching      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - Army Master Sgt. Marvin B. Morgan, the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade's equal opportunity advisor, is a full-time soldier -- and a football coach when he is not soldiering.

10/13/2011

Campaign Wants ‘Veteran’ Put Back in Veterans Day      

WASHINGTON - A new campaign is working to put the “veteran” back into Veterans Day and to rally public awareness of the sacrifices made by injured veterans and their caregivers.

10/13/2011

U.N. Extends NATO Mandate in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend authorization of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for another year while continuing to transfer key responsibilities to the Afghan government by the end of 2014.

10/13/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and International Security Assistance Force team detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in southern Afghanistan.

10/12/2011

DOD, Other Agencies Celebrate ‘Feds Feed Families’ Success      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department joined its co-sponsor, the Agriculture Department, and other government agencies to celebrate the successful completion of 2011’s “Feds Feed Families” campaign.

10/12/2011

Chairman: Transition is Military’s Task at Hand      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said his job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will center on leading transitions: from war to readiness, from bigger to smaller budgets, and from uniformed service members to veterans.

10/12/2011

U.S. Forces Have Met All Obligations in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are “completely on track” to make a total military withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year, even while U.S. and Iraqi officials discuss the possibility of some staying longer, U.S. Forces Iraq’s spokesman said.

10/12/2011

Force Captures Insurgent Leaders in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured insurgent leaders, detained suspected insurgents and seized weapons in numerous operations throughout Afghanistan.

10/12/2011

Iraq Drawdown Continues as Partnership Takes Shape      

WASHINGTON - With 100,000 U.S. forces already gone from from Iraq since January 2009 and more to follow, the Defense Department is working to ensure a successful transition to a State Department-led U.S. presence there, senior DOD officials told Congress.

10/12/2011

Panetta: Services Must Work Jointly on Budget ‘Storms’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The services must work together to face mounting budget pressures and determine the nation’s future military needs, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

10/12/2011

VA Launches Veteran Homelessness Outreach Campaign      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has launched an outreach initiative in 28 communities across the nation as part of an effort to end homelessness among veterans.

10/12/2011

Face of Defense: Military Mom Supports Daughter’s Service  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer McCann, a former recruiter, is deployed to Kuwait while her daughter goes through basic training for service in the Air National Guard.

10/12/2011

Army Leaders Pledge Ongoing Support of Family Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Family programs remain important and their budgets will not be used to fund other initiatives, top Army leaders pledged at a family forum.

10/11/2011

Panetta Provides Firsthand Account of Overseas Trip      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a memo to department personnel detailing his first overseas trip as secretary, calling it "an extraordinary few days that reinforced the importance of our alliances and partnerships."

10/11/2011

Partnership is ‘Win-Win’ for Spouses, Employers      

WASHINGTON - The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is successfully connecting highly qualified, job-seeking military spouses with employers who are ready and eager to hire them, the official who oversees the program said.

10/11/2011

Panetta: DOD Must Preserve Essential Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must preserve its essential military capabilities as it tightens its belt over the next decade, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Lee H. Hamilton lecture.

10/11/2011

New TRICARE Deputy Director Brings Patient Focus to Job      

WASHINGTON - With a fresh focus on patient care, the new deputy director of the TRICARE Management Activity said he’s committed to ensuring TRICARE’s 9.6 million beneficiaries get the care and services they deserve.

10/11/2011

Interagency Exercise Hones Rescue Operations      

WASHINGTON - The annual Angel Thunder exercise, sponsored by the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, is using an earthquake scenario to prepare participants for rescue and recovery missions.

10/11/2011

Taliban Have ‘Utterly Failed’ to Regain Ground, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Taliban have failed to deliver on their promises to recapture population centers secured by NATO forces in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command’s chief planner told Pentagon reporters.

10/11/2011

Army Leadership Discusses Budget Outlook  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Additional budget cuts beyond the $450 billion the Defense Department already has planned for the next 10 years would be “catastrophic,” Army Secretary John M. McHugh said.

10/11/2011

Defense Office Protects Privacy, Liberties of Troops, Civilians      

WASHINGTON - A small and little-known Defense Department office has the big task of protecting service members’ and civilian employees’ personal information in the digital world, while also getting accustomed to its new charge of protecting their civil liberties.

10/11/2011

Face of Defense: NCO Brings ‘Tough Love’ to Landing Zone  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Shannon Politte draws on her experiences as a tough, New Orleans-raised tomboy in her job as noncommissioned officer in charge of the landing zone at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan.

10/07/2011

TRICARE Investigates Beneficiary Data Breach      

WASHINGTON - The TRICARE Management Activity is reviewing its data protection policies and procedures in the wake of a data breach involving personal health information of an estimated 4.9 million military clinic and hospital patients.

10/07/2011

Some Guidelines Met for Ending Libya Mission, Official Says      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Three of the four guidelines laid out this week by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta for ending Operation Unified Protector in Libya have been met, a senior defense official said.

10/07/2011

Dempsey Helps USO Honor Service Members      

WASHINGTON - At a gala marking the USO's 70 years of service and recognizing service members for their courage and sacrifice, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fondly recalled his first encounter with the organization.

10/07/2011

Obama Marks 10 Years of U.S. Service in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has marked the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan by honoring those who have served there and noting their efforts toward bringing the war to a responsible end.

10/07/2011

Obama Announces New Classified Information Safeguards      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that strengthens the government’s information and computer security policies and practices to prevent breaches such as the 2010 WikiLeaks episode.

10/07/2011

Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition patrol killed a Taliban leader who opened fire on them in the Tagab district of Kapisa province.

10/07/2011

Panetta Visits Military Bases in Italy  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy - On his way home from a week-long trip to countries in the Middle East and NATO headquarters in Belgium, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made stops at two military bases in Italy to thank U.S. and NATO troops for their service.

10/07/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Strives to Become Pro Bodybuilder  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - An Army captain serving in Kuwait has turned her passion for fitness into professional committment as a semipro bodybuilder and a member of the National Physique Committee.

10/07/2011

ROTC Programs Return to Ivy League Schools  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With the fall semester busily under way at colleges and universities across the United States, some of the most prestigious among them are charting a new course with the return of ROTC programs to their campuses.

10/06/2011

Panetta Details Guidelines for Ending Libya Mission      

BRUSSELS - Consensus exists among NATO members about how to decide when to end Operation Unified Protector in Libya, based on guidelines that can be used to evaluate conditions on the ground there, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

10/06/2011

Panetta Cites Progress, Gaps in NATO Defense      

BRUSSELS - Countries of the NATO alliance must work together to defend common security interests now and in the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, noting that security in the 21st century "will not be achieved by each nation marching to its own drummer."

10/06/2011

‘Tactically Savvy’ Force Must Reframe, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - After 10 years of war, the Army needs to “reframe” itself beyond tactical capabilities, and focus on areas that have had to take a backseat to counterinsurgency training, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said.

10/06/2011

Taliban See Writing on the Wall, U.S. Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The success of Afghan government-led efforts to reintegrate former insurgents into society and internal conflict within the Taliban are signs of progress in Afghanistan, a U.S. commander told Pentagon reporters.

10/06/2011

DOD Readies Financial Managers to Meet Goals      

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the importance of people in its financial management improvements, the Defense Department is exploring new ways to recruit, retain and train its financial management workforce, a senior defense official told Congress.

10/06/2011

Army in Europe Has ‘Unique Opportunity,’ Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - While the future number of U.S. forces in Europe remains undecided, the NATO operation in Libya and past contingency events in Africa prove the advantage of basing troops there, Army Lt. Gen Mark P. Hertling, U.S. Army Europe commander, said.

10/06/2011

Forces Kill Insurgents in Eastern Afghanistan Firefight      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed three insurgents in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

10/06/2011

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Keeps Serving  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER - Most soldiers at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, would never know the noncommissioned officer helping them with their paperwork was seriously injured during his last tour in Iraq.

10/06/2011

Carter Takes Office as Deputy Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ashton B. Carter has been sworn in as the 31st deputy secretary of defense in a private Pentagon ceremony, succeeding William J. Lynnn III. Carter previously served as undersecretary of defense for aquisition, technology and logistics.

10/05/2011

Before Stepping Down, Lynn Assesses ‘Signature’ Issues      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III sat down to discuss cybersecurity, energy, space and the defense industrial base during an interview on his last day in office.

10/05/2011

Spain Will Port U.S. Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - Spain’s agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO’s missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Brussels.

10/05/2011

A Farewell Message to the Defense Department      

WASHINGTON - On his final day in office, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said "serving as our nation’s 30th Deputy Secretary of Defense has been the greatest privilege of my life," as he bid farewell to the men and women of the Defense Department.

10/05/2011

DOD Perfectly Suited as Innovations Tester, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is in the best position to be the lead tester of innovations emerging in the energy conservation movement, just as it has been for other new technologies, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said.

10/05/2011

Lynn: Cut Defense, But Learn From Past Mistakes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Security begins with a strong economy and the nation’s current deficit crisis demands action, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said during a keynote address at the Center for American Progress.

10/05/2011

Official Lauds Business Task Force for Success      

WASHINGTON - The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations’ ability to find ways of creating growth, prosperity and optimism about the future in Iraq and Afghanistan is praiseworthy, Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, said.

10/05/2011

Face of Defense: Togo Native Returns to Africa as U.S. Soldier  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - During a recent mission through Djibouti, Army Reserve Cpl. Kwami Koto was able to articulate his connection to the African continent and its people. "You see those kids playing soccer barefoot?" he asked his team chief. "That used to be me."

10/05/2011

Airstrike Kills Haqqani Leader, Associates      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a senior Haqqani terrorist network leader and two of his associates with a precision airstrike in the Musa Khel district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

10/05/2011

Secretary Details NATO Successes, Challenges      

BRUSSELS - As it nears the end of a successful campaign in Libya and deliberately accomplishes shared goals in Afghanistan, NATO faces several difficult challenges, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

10/04/2011

Panetta, NATO Defense Ministers Meet in Brussels      

BRUSSELS - Lessons learned during NATO operations in Libya and Afghanistan and future defense needs of the alliance will be the focus of Leon E. Panetta’s first participation in meetings with NATO defense ministers as secretary of defense.

10/04/2011

Panetta: Egypt Making Good Progress on Transition  This story contains photos.    

CAIRO - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a news briefing in Cairo that he has full confidence in Egypt’s ability to transform itself to a civilian-led democracy after 26 years of rule under a dissent-suppressing emergency law.

10/04/2011

Special-needs Families Offer Insight on Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military families with special needs would benefit from better consistency in services, more effective communication and improved health care education, some family members told Defense Department officials.

10/04/2011

Forces Kill, Capture Senior Taliban Fighters      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined force of Afghan and International Security Assistance Force members killed a Taliban leader in a firefight and captured another in a separate operation.

10/04/2011

Face of Defense: Brother, Sister Serve in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Rader and his sister, Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebecca McHenry, never imagined they ever would serve together. But their deployment in southern Afghanistan has made them closer than ever.

10/04/2011

Official Cites Importance of Stability in Taiwan Strait      

WASHINGTON - The United States remains committed to Taiwan and to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a Pentagon official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

10/03/2011

Panetta: Political Shifts Offer Challenges, Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

TEL AVIV, Israel - The people of Israel can be confident in America’s enduring commitment to their freedom and security, especially during this time of dramatic change in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

10/03/2011

Officials Aim to Manage TRICARE Costs, Preserve Future Benefits      

WASHINGTON - Modest increases to certain aspects of military health care will help to responsibly manage costs and ensure benefits for future service members, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.

10/03/2011

NATO Uses ‘Four Pillar’ Approach to Field Afghan Police      

WASHINGTON - For NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, success in fielding Afghanistan’s national police force stands on four pillars, the general in charge of the effort said.

10/03/2011

Dempsey Settles in as Chairman Behind MacArthur’s Desk      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took some time to speak with Pentagon reporters during his first Monday on the job.

10/03/2011

Force Captures Senior Haqqani Leader in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured the Haqqani network’s senior leader during a security operation in the Jani Khel district of Paktia province.

10/03/2011

Secretary General Sets Stage for NATO Defense Ministers Meeting      

WASHINGTON - NATO defense ministers will discuss operations in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as the need for the alliance to increase its capabilities, when they meet in Brussels, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

10/03/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Uses Voice to Unify Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark A. Kennedy uses his singing talent to reach out to other deployed service members by singing at weekly services at the Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, chapel.

10/02/2011

Panetta Visits Middle East, NATO to Reaffirm Relationships  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - In his first visit as defense secretary, Leon E. Panetta will meet with Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian leaders and will travel to NATO headquarters to reaffirm the Defense Department’s security relationships.

10/01/2011

Dempsey Outlines Key Themes in Letter to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Service members are America’s “decisive advantage,” said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he addressed his key themes and priorities set for his tenure as chairman.

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