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Hagel Calls Dutch Defense Minister to Offer Support, Discuss Investigation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, as well recovery and repatriation of the victims, with Netherland's defense minister. Story | Statement

Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.

Northern Command Chief Explains Key Mission Areas

Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the commander of U.S. Northern Command, said the command epitomizes the changes over the past decades in defending the United States of America. Story | Special

U.S. Moves Tripoli Embassy Personnel to Tunisia

The U.S. military assisted in the movement of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli in Libya to Tunisia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story | Statement

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Photo: MACHINE GUN TRAINING

U.S. airmen fire an M240 machine gun during Operation Kriegshammer at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, Germany, July 15, 2014. New Jersey National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

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Features

Face of Defense

Airman Helps to Restore B-29 Superfortress

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Geoffrey Jensen spends much of his free time restoring one of the last flyable B-29 Superfortress bombers. Story

In The Spotlight

Military Mail Changes Will Save $4 Million Annually

Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office, a senior Military Postal Service Agency official told DoD News. Story

Focus on the Forces

Multinational Skills Competition to Provide Test for Special Operations Forces

Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced. Story

National Guard

Guardsmen Help to Battle Northwest Blazes

Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing flying C-130 Hercules aircraft are the latest National Guard members to respond to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state. Story

Cybersecurity

Cyber Guard Exercise Tests People, Partnerships

Public and private partners recently tested coordination and tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident. Story | Special

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RT @USNATO: Great Watch: @Martin_Dempsey talking "Bringing Into Balance the Military Instrument of Power" at #AspenSecurity Conf https://t.…
SecDef spoke via telephone with the Netherland's MOD today to discuss the ongoing investigation of the #MH17 crash, http://t.co/iV4TLIvcCW.
.@CNOGreenert: With the budget the .@USNavy will have at least 10 carriers, which is not enough to make a strong presence. #AspenSecurity
.@CNOGreenert: The U.S. has to maintain communication with other nations. #USNavy #DOD #AspenSecurity
.@CNOGreenert: The Chinese are claiming islands with an unclear basis. #AspenSecurity #DOD #USNavy
.@CNOGreenert: Is not overly concerned about China’s aircraft carrier. #AspenSecurity #DOD #USNavy
LIVE at 715 PM ET: @CNOGreenert gives his take on threats and what the @USNavy is doing to counter them #AspenSecurity. #Navy #CNO #DOD
Laura Holgate: Nuclear security is perpetual. As long as you have nuclear weapons you need security. #AspenSecurity #DOD
Michael Fey: There has been a massive evolution with an increase of sophistication. #AspenSecurity #DOD
Andrew Weber: We need to make sure to keep the most dangerous pathogens out of the hands of terrorists. #AspenSecurity #DOD
Andrew Weber: There must be a reduction in the number of laboratories that have dangerous pathogens. #AspenSecurity #DOD
LIVE TODAY 245 PM ET: Key leaders provide insights on the topic of weapons of mass destruction #AspenSecurity #NSC @DHSGov
Jeffrey Eggers: We will continue our campaign against Al Qaeda. #AspenSecurity #DOD

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"While I'm honored to have received them, the medals weren't important to me," Scott said. "What was important was that I was able to serve and defend the greatest country in the world; the country that I love."



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"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy,
It's Getting Hot in Here

Marines train to fight fires and rescue aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., July 22, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The training ensures familiarity with the gear and increases proficiency and response times within the unit.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. McMahon)

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Don't Look Down!

An #F16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a highly maneuverable aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. #F16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel in #Afghanistan.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)


Who wouldn't want to take this four-legged robot for a test drive?




Marines Take the Robot for a Test Drive
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The Legged Squad Support System, or LS3, is being put to the test by the Marines! Hoo-ROBOTS <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/25/marines-take-the-robot-for-a-test-drive/"><br/>Read More</a>
At a time of increasing global threats, the aversion to land war puts a premium on other services, particularly the United States Navy. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert will give his take on the threats and what the Navy is doing to counter them, at the Apsen Security Forum tonight, 715 PM ET. Follow us for live updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Key leaders in countering the threat of weapons of mass destruction will be giving their respective insights on the topic during the discussion: The Nightmare Scenario, at the Aspen Security Forum at 4:45 PM ET today. Stay tuned for live social media updates.
Today at 130 PM ET the Aspen Security Forum will discuss, lessons and prospects from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live social media coverage.
Today at 1215 PM ET the Aspen Security Forum will begin with the discussion: From Terrorism to Cold War-like Conventional Military Adventurism-Is Europe up the the Test? Representatives from NATO and the United Kingdom will be there to cover the topic. Follow us for live social media updates.
Congratulations Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps' next commandant.


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It's official. The Senate has confirmed Gen. Joseph F. Dunford will be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps. "I am extremely pleased that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Gen. Joseph Dunford to become the 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Joe is one of the most talented leaders and strategic thinkers in the military today. His tenure as commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces - Afghanistan has been extraordinary, and is testament to the full measure of the man. Our country and our Marine Corps will benefit greatly from his continued service." — Gen. James F. Amos — with Gurkirpal Johal and 3 others.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) stops to take a photo after speaking at the #AspenSecurity Forum. Clark discussed lessons learned from #Vietnam and what America needs to face the challenges of today. #DOD #NATO


A panel discussion on the future of warfare was held at the #AspenSecurity forum. During the forum, a strong emphasis was placed on the importance of the cyber world. #DOD


Tonight at 730 PM ET General Martin E. Dempsey will be speaking at the Aspen Security Forum. Stay connected for live updates.
Hear stories about the transformation of the U.S. Army since the #Vietnam War through the voices of its leading combat generals. This evening at the Aspen Security Forum, a session at 615 PM ET will feature a discussion of and clips from , The War Generals, A National Geographic documentary. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live social media coverage.
What are the new weapons and new conceptions of warfare that can help America maintain its strategic and tactical edge? Find out as we cover a discussion about the future of warfare at the Aspen Security Forum today at 5 PM ET.
Shadow in the Night

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jacob Hall stands in front of a U.S. flag as a forklift shines its light, casting his shadow behind him, after a battlefield illumination mission on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014. Hall, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Aerial Refueling Transportation Squadron 352.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson)

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We are still in the post-9/11 era, but we are also in the post-Edward Snowden era. What is the balance between security and liberty? At 345 PM ET today speakers at the Aspen Security Forum will explain what the "right" balance between security and liberty. Follow our Facebook page and Twitter for live coverage on the discussion.
Opening remarks are made at the #AspenSecurity Forum. Today's morning discussion is covering U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy and its implications from emerging national security threats, with #BrianRoss of @ABCNews as the moderator. #DOD #Security #NationalDefense


This morning the Aspen Security Forum will begin with U.S. Counter terrorism Strategy and its implications for Emerging National Security Threats. Follow us on Facebook and twitter for live updates from the event.
Turn family time into fitness time. Try out new ways to get a workout in and incorporate your children.


Using Your Resources: How Your Kids should be An Excuse to Be Fit | DoDLive
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Weight gain is a common concern for many Americans. Many gain weight from either good or bad changes in life. Increased work, stress and a slowing metabolism can be some of the many factors. One of the most common reasons women gain weight is from having a baby. All pregnancies are different, but…
.@GENRayOdierno greets guests at the #AspenSecurity Forum. The forum began tonight with Odierno as the speaker. #DOD #Defense #ArmyStrong


Today the Aspen Security Forum will begin at 8 PM ET with U.S. Army, Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno. As the opening discussion, Odierno will cover the Army's role in defending the nation against today's security and fiscal challenges. Odierno will explain how the Army can rise to meet the threats facing us, despite fewer troops and less money.
The Aspen Security Forum begins today. The forum is an annual summer gathering of top-level present and former government officials from national security agencies. This year the forum is expected to explore issues ranging from the threat of weapons of mass destruction, the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the future of warfare, to Congressional oversight and the intersection of privacy, surveillance, and civil liberties. Stay tuned to for live social media coverage and broadcast, and stories and photos highlighting the forum’s events.
Calling All Angels

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation, July 20, 2014, in the skies over Missouri. The Blue Angels are the Navy's precision-flying demonstration team and completed a performance at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Trevor Rhynes)


A step in the right direction — Forward Operating Base Walton officially closes in Afghanistan.




FOB Walton closes: A step in the right direction
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The hollow aluminum tent frames, clanked as they hit the ground during quick disassembly. The tents were the last standing structures on a huge empty lot in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, once known as Forward Operating Base Walton.
Live at 10 a.m. EDT: Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno deliver remarks at the Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the Pentagon. Watch it here: http://go.usa.gov/55PR


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Bullets and Butterflies

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing fire an M240 machine gun at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, July 15, 2014.

#EUCOM

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)


What’s worse than your GPS not working in the city? When it doesn’t work on your bomb disposal robot. Meet the man who married robotics and navigational technology to work together in GPS-denied environments. #MeetTheScientists


Meet the Scientists: Lee Lemay
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Meet the Scientists: What do you get when you marry non-GPS navigational technology and robots? An award-winning electrical engineer named Lee Lemay! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/21/meet-the-scientists-lee-lemay/"><br/>Read More</a>
President Obama has awarded the #MedalOfHonor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts.

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