A Year of Change
The Defense Department experienced many changes in 2011, from the transition in top leadership to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq to gains in Afghanistan and the demise of Osama bin Laden. U.S. troops also provided NATO support following a resolution to create a no-fly zone over Libya before Moammar Gadhafi’s death.
On the home front, DOD leaders marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, remembering the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day and honoring survivors and military service members. DOD also made strides in ensuring national security in cyber and space defense. And on the financial front, the department, along with the rest of the nation, confronted an austere financial picture in 2011, prompting top DOD leaders to call for strategy-driven decisions to shape future defense spending. In this special report, American Forces Press Service offers a look at the top issues, headlines and images of 2011.