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Travels with Winnefeld - March 2015

Travels with Winnefeld - March 2015

Navy Adm. James. A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting his third USO tour, traveling with athletes and celebrities to visit deployed service members around the world. The tour runs through March 9, 2015. Special

National Women's History Month 2015 - Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives

National Women's History Month 2015 - Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives

The Defense Department supports the continuing education and empowerment of military women as they risk their lives to protect our nation. This Defense.gov special report takes a closer look at the contributions of women in the U.S. armed forces as they continue to lead our nation's defense into the future. Special

Travels with Ash Carter

Travels With Carter - February 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with U.S. and foreign leaders, as well as deployed U.S. service members, to learn more about the train, advise, and assist mission in Afghanistan during his first overseas trip as secretary. Special | Travels Archive

Travels with Dempsey - Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Travels With Dempsey - February 2015

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, travels to Texas, Kwajalein Atoll and Australia. Special | Travels Archive

The DoD Welcomes Ash Carter: 24th Secretary of Defense

The DoD Welcomes Ash Carter: 25th Secretary of Defense

The Defense Department welcomes Ash Carter as the 25th secretary of defense in a special report that highlights his extensive defense career, confirmation hearings and swearing-in.
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Travels with Work - Deputy Defense Secretary

Travels With Work - February 2015

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is on a multi-day trip to discuss budget priorities, meet with nuclear enterprise troops and tour the U.S. Navy's newest mobile landing platform.
Special | Travels Archive

African American History Month - A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

African American History Month:
A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

Each year, the Defense Department marks National African American History Month by honoring the contributions of African Americans who work to keep the country safe. In proclaiming February as National African American History Month, President Barack Obama noted: "Like the countless, quiet heroes who worked and bled far from the public eye, we know that with enough effort, empathy, and perseverance, people who love their country can change it." Special

FY2016 Defense Budget Proposal

FY2016 Defense Budget Proposal

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. Special

Chuck Hagel: 24th Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel: 24th Secretary of Defense

The Defense Department pays tribute to Chuck Hagel as the 24th secretary of defense in a special report that highlights his accomplishments in defense diplomacy and internal reforms. It also looks back at the 288,333 miles Hagel traveled to visit troops and engage with defense leaders from 33 countries. Special

Travels with Dempsey - Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Travels With Dempsey - January 2015

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is travelling to Italy and Belgium for meetings with senior defense officials in each country. Special | Travels Archive

Travels With Chuck Hagel

Travels With Chuck Hagel - January 2015

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making his final official domestic trip to thank service members and their families across the country for the work they do every day to defend the nation. During the three-day trip, Hagel is scheduled to visit Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.; the USS America; Fort Bliss, Texas, where he completed basic training in 1967, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Special | Travels Archive

Defense.gov Special Report: Military Family Support

Military Family Support

In proclaiming November as Military Family Month, President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said "we affirm our solemn vow to serve these families as well as they serve us." Special

DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa - Operation United Assistance

DoD Helps Fight Ebola in Liberia West Africa

In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department has made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these are the deployment of up to 4,000 men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance. Special

Warrior Games 2014

National Disability Employment Awareness Month - 2014

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Special

The Cyber Domain - Security and Operations

The Cyber Domain - Security and Operations

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. Special

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

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 "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2014. Special

The Annual Combined Federal Campaign

The Annual Combined Federal Campaign

CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 150 CFC national and international campaigns raising millions of dollars each year. Defense Department employees nationwide have the opportunity to give to the DoD campaign from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate in any way they can. Special

Operation Inherent Resolve

Operation Inherent Resolve
Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists

The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Special

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war, and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment. Special

Military Health System Review

Military Health System Review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the Defense Department to conduct a comprehensive review of the Military Health System that will focus on access to care. The review also will assess the safety and quality of health care in military treatment facilities and the health care DOD purchases from civilian providers. The MHS provides health care for more than 9.6 million beneficiaries. Special

Operation Atlantic Resolve

Operation Atlantic Resolve

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. Special

Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Medal of Honor: Heroes of the
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration. Eleven servicemembers have received the Medal of Honor since the global war on terror began following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Special

Sexual Assault - Awareness and Prevention

Sexual Assault: Awareness and Prevention

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 American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime. Special

Sequestration: Across-the-Board Budget Cuts Could Threaten National Security

Sequestration:
Across-the-Board Budget Cuts Could Threaten National Security

The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect March 1, 2013. Special

Defense Intelligence

Defense Intelligence

Defense intelligence is critical to the Defense Department's role in national security. Such information helps frame national security policies, and enables warfighters to plan and conduct successful military and security operations that protect America. Special

Biosurveillance

Biosurveillance

Biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorist attacks, extreme weather events, and naturally-occurring emerging infectious diseases all pose national security threats unbounded by state, country, and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the United States. Special

Veterans Employment

Veterans Employment

As the United States continues to bring troops home after 10 years of war, providing veterans with new employment opportunities is becoming increasingly important. This American Forces Press Service special report takes a look at employment initiatives dedicated solely to veterans and offers helpful resources as they prepare to begin a new chapter in their lives. Special

DOD Science & Technology News

DOD Science & Technology News

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. Special

DOD Sustainability

DOD Sustainability

The Defense Department is investing in energy conservation, from wind power to golf carts for base transportation, to save the earth and save money. Special

Operational Energy Strategy

Operational Energy Strategy

DOD's Operational Energy Strategy will guide the department to a more strategic use of energy resources in the fight today and in plans for the future by lowering risks to our warfighters, saving money for American taxpayers, and allowing the department to shift more resources to other warfighting priorities. Special

National Security Space Strategy

National Security Space Strategy

The National Security Space Strategy is a pragmatic approach to maintain the advantages derived from space while confronting the challenges of an evolving space strategic environment. Special

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