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Carter, UAE Crown Prince Discuss Bilateral Defense Relationship

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates discussed the U.S.-UAE bilateral defense relationship and other issues, according to a Defense Department statement. Story | Statement | Special | Photos

Michael D. Lumpkin

DoD Official: Special Ops Forces Weakening Terrorist Groups

U.S. special operations forces are successfully taking direct action against multiple global terrorist organizations while building U.S. partner capacity, a top Defense Department official told a Senate panel. Story

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U.S. Warships Help Ensure Maritime Security in Arabian Sea

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy are now operating in the Arabian Sea in response to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, a Defense Department spokesman said. Story

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, meets with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates to discuss the U.S.-UAE bilateral defense relationship and other issues in Washington, D.C., April 20, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

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One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.Defense Secretary Ash Carter begins his first trip as secretary to the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen and modernize alliances as a priority for 21st Century defense and sustaining U.S global leadership.Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov’s special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.The Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow. The budget funds ongoing strategic priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and sustaining a global approach to countering violent extremists.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said The Defense Department salutes our nation's heroes on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2015. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration.

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Face of Defense

Air Force Staff Sgt. Kimberly Daugherty Airman Pursues Dream of Flying

Since early childhood, Air Force Staff Sgt. Kimberly Daugherty has admired service members, especially those who fly. The shiny wings displayed on their uniforms filled her with a sense of wonder, she said. Story

DOD Sustainability

DoD Announces 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award Recipients

The Defense Department announced nine recipients for this year’s Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, recognizing support of mission readiness through environmental acumen. Story | Special

Employer Support Freedom Award

DoD Names Employer Support Award Finalists

Thirty finalists are in contention for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the Defense Department’s highest honor given to employers for exemplary support of National Guard and reserve employees. Story

In The Spotlight

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Mabus: Navy Yard Building Dedication 'Act of Continuity and Renewal'This story contains video.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and other officials dedicated the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters as the Humphreys Building, the new name for the building that reopened this year following a 2013 shooting attack that killed 12 people. Video | Story | Photos | Special

Military Children

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey Leaders Honor Military Children of Year

Six DoD youths received acclaim from senior military leaders during Operation Homefront’s 7th annual Military Child of the Year Award Gala in Arlington, Va. Story | Special | Photos

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USS Theodore Roosevelt joins other U.S. forces conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea. @USNavy http://t.co/6LCHMhed2K
Service members gather for the performance of “All American Kid” by @garthbrooks at #ACMawards50 https://t.co/yTMcQa5Qih
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#Airman Luke Locken fits Jeremiah Seaberry with flight gear at Seymour Johnson @usairforce Base. #ForceoftheFuture http://t.co/7Ucj3Gr6b6
.@USMC fires a FGM-148 Javelin missile during a combined-arms training exercise in Iraq. #Marines #CJTFOIR http://t.co/3qJBCCIiLK
Service members prepare for their appearance at tonight's #ACMawards50 http://t.co/QlVGiWsiYd
Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) takes part in a training exercise during #ContinuingPromise2015 @southcomwatch http://t.co/rruScgqQS4
An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter lands during a training exercise on Camp Smith, Hawaii. #Rebalance http://t.co/bgm2JxlgJN
RT @DoDNews: .@CENTCOM spokesman on combating #ISIL - "Iraqis have momentum & continue to gain confidence conducting operations" http://t.…
RT @CENTCOM: US, Iraqi defense leaders reaffirm commitment: http://t.co/D4rsUj3sHJ
Amphibious assault vehicles launch from the well deck of the USS Ashland (LSD 48). #rebalance @USNavy http://t.co/QlqmN5v71K

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#SecDef Ash Carter met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon yesterday, to discuss defense issues. go.usa.gov/3ZTeB


Lance Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz travels to Fort Devens Army Base in Massachusetts, for a firsthand look at the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3. The robotic mule built by Boston Dynamics with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently being tested by the U.S. Marine Corps. The LS3 is designed to reduce the load Marines carry in combat, can reach speeds of 6 mph and carry up to 400 pounds.



U.S. Navy Researchers have developed a new safe and highly efficient, electrically heated, thermal undergarment that keep divers warm.



X-Ray helmets and F-35 simulators? What more could U.S. Marine Corps pilots ask for? Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz takes us to Lockheed Martin's Fighter Demonstration Center to test the Corps' cutting-edge aviation technology. TThe advanced aviation equipment gives pilots the ability to combine stealth and situational awareness to complete their mission. #ForceoftheFuture



“Throughout our history the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps have been agile, innovative, and adaptable, ensuring global stability and American prosperity. With increasing complexity and shrinking budgets, now is the time to remove barriers and foster a culture of innovation that unleashes the ingenuity intrinsic in our people. Innovation has been our tradition and it must also be our future.” - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
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"Throughout our history the Navy and Marine Corps have been agile, innovative, and adaptable, ensuring global stability and American prosperity. With
Service members stand on stage as Garth Brooks performs “All American Kid” at #ACMAwards50


Airman 1st Class Luke Locken fits Jeremiah Seaberry with flight gear during a 4th Fighter Wing Pilot for a Day event April 3, 2015, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Locken is a 4th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. United States Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum #ForceoftheFuture


Service members prepare for their appearance at tonight's 50th ACM Awards. Five service members will join Garth Brooks on stage as he performs "All American Kid".


U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Whyte, a missileman with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Task Force Al Asad, fires a FGM-148 Javelin missile at simulated enemy armored targets during a combined-arms training exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, April 3, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Carson Gramley


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Vincent Neighbor monitors nearby surface contacts from the bridge of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the East China Sea, April 11, 2015. #Rebalance
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III.


U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Ochoa, left, and Army Spc. Nicholas Carrillo participate in a live-fire exercise in Romania, April 8, 2015. Ochoa and Carrillo are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The exercise aims to demonstrate unit capabilities to Romanian military counterparts to support #OperationAtlanticResolve South.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner


An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 22 provides search and rescue support during a search and rescue exercise conducted by the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during #ContinuingPromise2015 in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kameren Guy Hodnett


An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter lands to pick up "wounded" airmen from the casualty collection point during training on Camp Smith, Hawaii, April 12, 2015. #Rebalance
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U.S. #Soldiers partake in exercise Saber Junction 15 at the U.S. Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, April 11, 2015. Saber Junction 15 prepares #NATO and partner nation forces for offensive, defensive, and stability operations while promoting interoperability. U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Shardesia Washington and Spc. Brian Chaney

Check out the photo essay at http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6237


#SecDef Ash Carter thanks former SecDef Leon Panetta for his service during today's portrait unveiling. Panetta posed for the photo with his beloved golden retriever, Bravo.

DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st class Clydell Kinchen


USS Ashland conducts amphibious operations.
SEA OF JAPAN (March 30, 2015) Amphibious assault vehicles assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) launch from the well deck of the Whidbey-Island-class amphibious assault ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). Ashland is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st MEU, is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. ( U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk/Released) #Rebalance


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A Marine engages targets from a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) above San Clemente Island, California, March 20, 2015. COMPTUEX gives the Marines of VMM-161 the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios and hone their skill sets.


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U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) break down a rapid ground refueling during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near 29 Palms, Calif., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel D. Kujanpaa/Released)


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with children at the Youth Center at Yokota Air Base April 9, 2015. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released. #KidsServeToo #MonthoftheMilitaryChild


"Truth is military kids are some of our most successful citizens." -#SecDef Carter #KidsServeToo #PurpleUp


#PurpleUp and show your support for military kids by wearing purple today. #KidsServeToo


U.S. #SecDef Ash Carter, center left, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, center right, to the Pentagon, April 14, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen


#PurpleUp! Show your support for our youngest heroes by wearing purple tomorrow. #kidsservetoo
U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.


#PurpleUp! Reasons Why It’s Cool to Be A Military Kid | DoDLive
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Ava and Sierra, daughters of Staff Sgt. Andrew Stevens, embrace each other on Fort Meade, Md. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
Cyber is an operational domain, and military leaders are going to have to understand its importance and the opportunities and challenges of operating in the domain, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers said today at the Navy League’s 50th annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition.


Defense.gov News Article: Operationalizing Cyber is New Commander’s Biggest Challenge
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Watch Live @ 2:30 p.m. EDT Defense Officials Testify before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Military Cyber Programs and Posture.


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Happy 67th birthday to the Air Force Reserve! The reserves were established on April 14, 1948 by President Harry S. Truman, seven months after the active duty Air Force was established as a separate service. #67th #AFReservebday


U.S. Army soldiers provide security during a live-fire exercise in Romania, April 8, 2015. The exercise's purpose is to demonstrate unit capabilities to Romanian military counterparts to support Operation Atlantic Resolve South. Check out this photo essay on defense.gov at http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=6225

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner


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