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Release No: 318-96
May 31, 1996


With a new look and feel, an expanded and improved DefenseLINK is now on line. The new DefenseLINK, which was created in response to the user comments and suggestions, provides a variety of new material and a wider selection of information while continuing to provide direct access to the information services established by the military departments and other DoD organizations.

A new simpler home page graphic has been designed to speed up system access, and more consistent graphics are now used to better unify the system. Also to simplify the home page layout and allow for possible future changes, several Defense organizations have been grouped under the Other Organizations section. In this section users will find information on DoD organizations such as the DoD's Inspector General, the Unified Combatant Commands, Defense Field Activities and Other Defense Related Organizations.

A highlight of the new DefenseLINK is the Other Information section. Here the user will find Biographies, Career Opportunities and Information, Doing Business with the Department of Defense, Education and History. Additional areas will be added in the future. DefenseLINK continues to provides access to the feature sections which include News, Publications, Questions and Answers, and a Search function.

The News section carries DoD news releases, DoD contract award announcements (for award of $5 million or more), press advisories, memoranda for correspondents, daily public schedules for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and transcripts of DoD news and background briefings and selected speeches.

The Publications section links to on-line copies of Department of Defense directives and instructions, and to on-line publications such as Defense Issues. The Defense Fact File, which provides fact sheets on DoD organizations, aircraft, ships, vehicles and weapons is now located in the Publications section.

Under Questions? the user finds answers to many frequently asked questions, such as where to get military records or technical manuals, or how to arrange for a tour of the Pentagon.

The new Search section replaces the former Locator section and uses the Department of Defense's portion of the Government Information Locator Service to provide a searchable index of DefenseLINK material and to provide an on-line card catalog of information available to the public.

DefenseLINK is a joint effort by DoD Public Affairs and the Defense Technical Information Center. The site, which went on-line November 10, 1994, averages more than 500,000 visitors each month. It is a 24-hour, 7-day a week service accessible via web browsers at URL http://www.defenselink.mil/

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