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04/25/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/25/2015

Carter Visits Silicon Valley Companies to Enhance DoD Technology Innovation  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited California’s Silicon Valley, where he focused on renewing the longstanding relationship between the Defense Department and the wellspring of technology innovation found in that part of the nation.

04/24/2015

ISIL Takes Defensive Posture in Iraq, Centcom Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command officials believe the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group is on the defensive in Iraq, Centcom spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder said.

04/24/2015

DoD Officials Discuss Science, Technology Budget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has maintained a steady $12 billion investment in science and technology and is using new initiatives to boost innovation and military superiority, defense officials told a Senate panel.

04/24/2015

Face of Defense: Aircraft Maintainer Saves Air Force $5 Million  This story contains photos.    

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Aircraft maintainer Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hertlein used expertise and initiative to save the Air Force $5 million.

04/24/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/24/2015

First Lady Announces Jobs, Training for 90,000 Vets, Spouses  This story contains photos.    

MANASSAS, Va. - First Lady Michelle Obama announced that numerous technology and energy companies have committed to hire or train 90,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years as part of the Joining Forces initiative.

04/24/2015

Special Report: Travels With Carter      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is on a two-day trip to California that focuses on the Defense Department's cyber strategy and developing new partnership initiatives to encourage innovation to leverage commercially driven technology.

04/23/2015

Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department’s cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces, strengthen cyber defenses and posture on cyber deterrence.

04/23/2015

DoD Honors Sexual Assault Response Coordinators      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is honoring six sexual assault response coordinators, or SARCs, one from each service, for outstanding efforts to help sexual assault victims and for commitment to preventing the crime.

04/23/2015

Deputy Secretary, Latvian Defense Minister Discuss Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a Pentagon meeting, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis talked about defense priorities and ongoing measures demonstrating U.S. and allied commitment to the Baltic region.

04/23/2015

Carter Seeks Tech-sector Partnerships for Innovation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled DoD's cyber strategy and announced new partnership initiatives on the first day of a visit to California’s Silicon Valley to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation’s innovation hotspots.

04/23/2015

Special Report: The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense cyber strategy guides the development of DoD's cyber forces and seeks to strengthen cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.

04/23/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/23/2015

Face of Defense: Adaptive Sports Help Soldier Conquer Illness  This story contains photos.    

EL PASO, Texas - Afghanistan veteran Army Staff Sgt. Cory Davis employs adaptive sports to help cope with the effect of Parkinson's disease.

04/23/2015

Carter to Discuss Cyber Strategy, Innovation at Stanford University      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Pentagon's new cyber strategy and innovation initiatives during a lecture at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

04/23/2015

Service Acquisitions Chiefs Testify on Reform  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top acquisition officials from the Army, Navy and Air Force testified before Congress on their collective efforts to make the defense acquisition process more effective and responsive to national security needs.

04/23/2015

Carter’s Silicon Valley Trip to Boost DoD Innovation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads to Silicon Valley to announce new initiatives, including a new cyber strategy, and to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation’s innovation hotspots.

04/22/2015

Work Praises U.S., Australia, New Zealand Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work praised the U.S., Australia and New Zealand partnership during a ceremony for the enhanced exhibit in the Australia, New Zealand and United States Corridor at the Pentagon.

04/22/2015

New Tuition Assistance Tool Attuned to Troops’ Educational Needs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has introduced "TA DECIDE," a new online informational tool tailored to the unique school programs and educational needs of service members.

04/22/2015

Carter Urges ‘Force of Future’ to Eradicate Sexual Assault  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eradicating the scourge of sexual assault in the military will require strong leaders if the U.S. military is to remain the finest fighting force in the world, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Georgetown University.

04/22/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/22/2015

Face of Defense: Percussionist Airman Heats Up Stage  This story contains photos.    

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tomas Morales is a percussionist in the Omaha area's only Latin band, Esencia Latina Band, which won the 9th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award in the “Best Ethnic” category.

04/22/2015

Children’s Program Aims to Curb Obesity, Boost Nutrition      

WASHINGTON - As concerns persist over ever-rising obesity levels among American children, the Defense Department will bolster its Healthy Children programs to weave fitness, nutrition and tobacco-free living into military children’s curriculum, a Pentagon official said.

04/21/2015

Special Ops Forces Weakening Terrorist Groups, DoD Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces are successfully taking action against multiple global terrorist groups while building U.S. partner capacity, a top Defense Department official said.

04/21/2015

U.S. Warships Help Ensure Maritime Security in Arabian Sea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - 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.

04/21/2015

DoD Names Finalists for Top Employer Support Award      

WASHINGTON - 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.

04/21/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/21/2015

DoD Announces 2015 Environmental Award Recipients      

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

04/21/2015

Inside the Coalition to Defeat ISIL  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve is the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, often referred to as Daesh.

04/21/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Pursues Her Dream of Flying  This story contains photos.    

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - 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.

04/21/2015

Carter, UAE Crown Prince Discuss Bilateral Defense Relationship  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - 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.

04/20/2015

Coalition Strikes Target ISIL in Ramadi, Beiji  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition air and ground power has weakened the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, while the terrorist group moves beyond Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Libya.

04/20/2015

Carter, German Minister Discuss Defense Issues at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen discussed continuing NATO efforts and support to Iraq and Afghanistan during a Pentagon meeting.

04/20/2015

Military Exercises Begin in Ukraine, Philippines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military training exercises begin in Ukraine for Fearless Guardian, and in the Philippines for the 31st iteration of Exercise Balikatan, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/20/2015

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Leads MPs, High School Students  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Fulkerson, a military policewoman with the Kentucky National Guard, receives praise for her leadership by her supervisors and those she leads.

04/20/2015

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/19/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/18/2015

Dempsey, Leaders Honor Military Children of Year  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - 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.

04/17/2015

U.S., Japan, South Korea Hold Trilateral Security Talks      

WASHINGTON - The United States, South Korea and Japan concluded what a joint statement called a “productive and substantive” two-day security meeting in Washington.

04/17/2015

Deputy Secretary Makes Time to Visit, Thank Troops  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The American military’s secret weapon isn’t a piece of equipment – it’s the men and women who serve, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

04/17/2015

Work Salutes U.S. Africa Command’s Efforts  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The men and women of U.S. Africa Command punch way above their weight class, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during an interview at the end of his first visit to the command.

04/17/2015

Work Discusses Russia with Military, Intelligence Leaders      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with U.S. European Command leaders in Stuttgart, Germany, and discussed the challenges they face in the theater and how the command plans to balance them.

04/17/2015

Anti-ISIL Forces Make Progress in Iraq, Syria  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and coalition partners are making progress in Operation Inherent Resolve’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a U.S. Central Command official said.

04/17/2015

Services Continue Strong Recruiting Through February 2015      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2015 through February, Defense Department officials announced.

04/17/2015

Work Thanks European Command Troops for Service  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed issues confronting U.S. European Command during a visit with military leaders in Germany.

04/17/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/17/2015

Face of Defense: Army NCO Acclaimed for SHARP Work  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Being the best at whatever she does is nothing new for Army Sgt. 1st Class Chylciale M. Washington.

04/16/2015

Trends in Iraq Moving in Right Direction, Dempsey Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has made gains, and trends there are moving in the right direction, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Pentagon.

04/16/2015

Carter Discusses Top National Security Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter listed national security, the welfare of defense personnel and the future of the department among his priorities.

04/16/2015

Sequestration Would Harm Asia-Pacific Progress, Commanders Say      

WASHINGTON - Senior military commanders from the Asia-Pacific region cautioned of the security consequences the return of sequestration would have on the strategy to rebalance military forces.

04/16/2015

Carter Unveils Leon Panetta’s Official DoD Portrait  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter helped unveil the official portrait of Leon Panetta, 23rd secretary of defense, during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

04/16/2015

Face of Defense: Marine Continues Family Legacy of Service  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - His father and grandfather had both served their country. After years of working the family farm, Hunter Bynum decided to follow in his family’s footsteps.

04/16/2015

Special Report: Travels With Work - April 2015      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is on a five-day trip, meeting with U.S. troops in Colorado and Germany as well as combatant commanders and other senior leaders.

04/16/2015

Work: Space Domain Presents Challenges, Threats  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - In a candid and passionate speech, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work asked members of the space community to help the United States maintain its edge in the space domain in the 21st century.

04/15/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/15/2015

Work in Colorado to Address Classified Space Symposium      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is in Colorado to speak at a classified Space Symposium forum.

04/15/2015

Asia-Pacific Shift Creates Opportunities, Security Needs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region calls for continued efforts to sustain U.S. technological superiority, the undersecretary of defense for policy and other defense officials told Congress.

04/15/2015

Special Report: DoD Warrior Games 2015      

WASHINGTON - The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.

04/15/2015

F-35 Program ‘On Right Track,’ Director Says      

WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel.

04/15/2015

Battaglia: DoD-PGA Tour Partnership Gives Back to America      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s partnership with the PGA Tour organization of professional golfers is a means of giving back to not only the military, but also to America, the Pentagon’s top senior enlisted leader said.

04/15/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, conducting six airstrikes in Syria and 17 in Iraq.

04/15/2015

Better Buying Power 3.0 Stresses Innovation, Affordability      

WASHINGTON - The latest update of the Defense Department’s acquisition efficiency initiative stresses innovation and cost-consciousness, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said.

04/15/2015

Carter, Iraqi Defense Minister Reaffirm Commitment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bilateral cooperation and progress in countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists highlighted a meeting between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi.

04/15/2015

New Parent Program Supports Child Development Needs      

WASHINGTON - A well-established program provides resources to help parents understand the critical first three years of a child’s life and brings child care experts right into military families’ homes.

04/14/2015

Carter, Spain’s Defense Minister Discuss Bilateral Relationship      

WASHINGTON - In a phone call with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes, Defense Secretary Ash Carter recognized Spain's strong contributions to global security and its commitments to NATO, calling Spain a "full-spectrum ally."

04/14/2015

DoD News Broadcast Channel Transitions to On-demand      

WASHINGTON - DoD News will continue producing and airing current military news and information for distribution on the American Forces Network and through the Internet at Defense.gov, both live and on demand.

04/14/2015

New DoD Cyber Strategy Nears Release, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress.

04/14/2015

DoD Seeks to Identify Unaccounted-for USS Oklahoma Crew Members      

WASHINGTON - The remains of up to 388 unaccounted-for sailors and Marines associated with the USS Oklahoma will be exhumed for analysis that could lead to identifying most of them.

04/14/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/14/2015

Cybercom Chief Discusses Importance of Cyber Operations      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Military leaders need to understand the importance of the cyber domain, and the opportunities and challenges of operating in it, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers said.

04/14/2015

Medical Leaders Warn of 2016 Sequestration Effects      

WASHINGTON - The president’s fiscal year 2016 defense budget proposal supports the Military Health Systems’ core values, Air Force Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency, told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

04/14/2015

Canada Joins Ukraine National Guard Training Program      

WASHINGTON - Canada will be joining the Defense Department-State Department initiative to help train members of the Ukrainian National Guard, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/14/2015

National Guard Helicopters Fight North Dakota Wildfire  This story contains photos.    

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Army National Guard yesterday launched two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in support of a request by emergency responders battling a wildfire south of Bismarck.

04/14/2015

Face of Defense: Air Force Officer’s Hard Work Reaps Rewards  This story contains photos.    

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The late NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.” That quote never rang more true than for Air Force 1st Lt. Kim Atkins.

04/13/2015

Initiative Provides Incremental Acquisition Improvement      

WASHINGTON - Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke at the Brookings Institution about acquisition reform and Better Buying Power 3.0.

04/13/2015

ISIL Loses Control of Once-dominated Iraq Territory  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have taken back some 25 percent to 30 percent of Iraqi territory once held under Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group control, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/13/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/13/2015

General Counsel Charts Use of Force Law’s Evolution      

WASHINGTON - Though the very idea of law sounds immutable and concrete, the law evolves as circumstances change, Stephen W. Preston, the Defense Department’s general counsel, told the American Society of International Law.

04/13/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier, Family Help Accident Victim  This story contains photos.    

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Carman and his sons, Miguel and Enrique, were recognized for their efforts that potentially saved a young woman’s life after a February car accident in Georgia.

04/11/2015

Fort Hood Shooting Victims, Families Receive Medals  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - After nearly six years and a legislative wording change, shooting victims from the 2009 attack on Fort Hood received recognition during a medals award ceremony.

04/11/2015

Military Airstrikes Continue in Iraq, Syria      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/10/2015

Coalition Airstrikes Support Operation Inherent Resolve      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/10/2015

Women, Diversity Are Military Mission Critical, Author Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military can take the lead in breaking down the biases against women and people of diverse backgrounds, a best-selling author told a Pentagon audience.

04/10/2015

Carter, South Korea’s Han Solidify Alliance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-South Korea alliance has a global reach based on trust and common values, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a press conference after meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo.

04/10/2015

Commercial IT Fuels DoD Information Environment, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department chief information officer is leading a charge to modernize the department’s information technology-cyber enterprise, an official with the CIO’s office said.

04/10/2015

Future is in Asia-Pacific Region, Carter Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked U.S. troops and discussed the importance of the Asia-Pacific region during a troop talk at Osan Air Base, South Korea.

04/10/2015

Face of Defense: Day in the Life of a Military Police Soldier  This story contains photos.    

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Army Spc. Brian Slocum’s mission is to serve and protect soldiers and family members on Army installations throughout the Kaiserslautern Military Community and beyond. Depending on the day, he could start as early as 2 a.m. and never know when his shift will end.

04/10/2015

Leaders Discuss U.S.-South Korea Relations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with South Korea’s National Security Advisor Director Kim Kwan-jin in Seoul to reaffirm the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

04/10/2015

Carter, South Korea President Reaffirm Alliance      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with South Korea President Park Geun-hye in Seoul and reaffirmed the strength and importance of the enduring alliance between the United States and South Korea.

04/09/2015

Work: Better Buying Power 3.0 Strives to Enhance U.S. Tech Edge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States must maintain technological superiority over potential adversaries and competitors, and the latest iteration of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative is designed to maintain that edge, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said.

04/09/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/09/2015

In Japan, Carter Reports Progress on Major Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In Yokota, Defense Secretary Ash Carter reported progress in talks with Japanese officials on the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines for Defense Cooperation and on a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

04/09/2015

Carter Honors Military Children at Yokota Air Base  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Behind those who make up the greatest fighting force the world has ever known are families, many including children who serve the nation around the world just as their parents do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

04/09/2015

Face of Defense: Army Wounded Warrior Enjoys Athletics, Camaraderie  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - Joshua Andrew, 28, an Army veteran who’d served in Iraq and Afghanistan, knew from a tender age what his calling in life would be, as he played "soldier" with his golden Labrador retriever in the woods behind his grandparents’ house in the state of Washington.

04/09/2015

Preventing Child Abuse is Everyone’s Responsibility      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, and also recognizes this time of year as it pertains to a more sobering topic: National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

04/08/2015

Carter, Japan’s Defense Minister Conduct Alliance Talks      

WASHINGTON - On the initial overseas stop of his first Asia-Pacific trip as defense secretary, Ash Carter met with Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to discuss the alliance and mutual world interests.

04/08/2015

Work Details the Future of War at Army Defense College  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work summoned up scenes from a future war where soldiers and machines join forces in a multidimensional “informationalized” zone, using advanced tools to fight adversaries from space to cyberspace.

04/08/2015

U.S., African Union Partner Against Terrorist Threat      

WASHINGTON - Kenya has not yet asked for Department of Defense assistance following the university attack last week that left some 150 people dead, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

04/08/2015

Welsh Describes Air Force of the Future      

WASHINGTON - In the future, the Air Force’s core missions probably will not change, but the way they are carried out will, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told attendees at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.

04/08/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

04/08/2015

Face of Defense: New Jersey Soldier Realizes West Point Dream  This story contains photos.    

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - When New Jersey National Guard soldier Pfc. Nathaniel Okyere-Bour was 3, his mother, Elizabeth, sent him to Ghana to live with her family while she followed her dream of becoming a nurse.

04/08/2015

Carter, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Discuss Issues      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met in Tokyo with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to reaffirm the foundational importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance and America's rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Defense Department statement issued.

04/08/2015

Carter, Japanese Foreign Minister Discuss Force Realignment      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Ash Carter joined Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for a working lunch in Tokyo, according to a Defense Department statement.

04/08/2015

Carter, Japanese Prime Minister Discuss Issues in Tokyo      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in advance of the prime minister's visit to Washington later this month, according to a Defense Department statement.

04/07/2015

Northcom, NORAD Strengthen Homeland Defense, Says Commander  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Currently the Defense Department’s only bilateral command, 58-year-old NORAD brings Americans and Canadians together and works in tandem with Northcom to protect the homeland from external threats as well as respond to natural disasters, homeland extremists and cyberattacks.

04/07/2015

Coalition Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/07/2015

Face of Defense: Daughter, Father Serve as Air Force Instructors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda MacFarlane first donned the traditional “campaign hat” of the service’s military training instructors, she made history.

04/07/2015

Leaders Reaffirm U.S.-Saudi Arabia Defense Ties      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman and praised the countries’ strategic relationship.

04/06/2015

Carter Discusses U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. re-emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region makes sense regionally and globally, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

04/06/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

04/06/2015

Face of Defense: Chiropractor Treats Troops’ Aches, Pains      

SILVERDALE, Wash. - Aches and pains, whether from age or accident, have a tendency to be a byproduct for many sailors and Marines. To help ease the hurt, active-duty personnel have the option of seeking help from a chiropractor.

04/06/2015

Combat Support Agency Counters Worldwide IED Threats      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization that has fought for a decade to defeat improvised explosive devices used by U.S. enemies in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has become a combat support agency.

04/05/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, conducting three airstrikes in Syria and 12 in Iraq.

04/04/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, conducting six airstrikes in Syria and nine in Iraq.

04/03/2015

Obama: Solar Program to Train Troops for Civilian Careers      

WASHINGTON - As the solar industry continues to create new jobs and spur the economy, President Barack Obama announced significant strides to prime separating service members for entry into the workforce.

04/03/2015

Carter: Demographics, Economics Boost Asia’s Global Profile      

WASHINGTON - Demographic trends show that Asian nations will only become more important globally in the 21st century -- no region will affect U.S. prosperity more -- and it's in American interests to maintain a strong security presence in the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

04/03/2015

U.S., Coalition Forces Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/03/2015

Carter Asia Trips to Affirm Defense Ties, Build on Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit Asia twice over the next two months to affirm defense relationships with allies and build upon key initiatives of the U.S. strategic rebalance to the region.

04/03/2015

Carter: Sexual Assault Undermines Military’s Values  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sexual assaults and retaliation against people who report them undermine the military’s values of honor and trust, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a message to the Defense Department’s workforce.

04/03/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Draws Inspiration From Father  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Army 1st Sgt. Sandrea Cruz, a jumpmaster in the Special Forces, credits her father's service as a Green Beret for inspiring her to join the military and excel.

04/02/2015

Carter, French Defense Minister Discuss 'Strong, Enduring' Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter telephoned French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian and thanked him for France’s strong and enduring partnership over the years, according to a Defense Department news release.

04/02/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/02/2015

Face of Defense: Drill Instructor, Recruit Reunite Decades Later  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Draffen, a 20-plus-year veteran of the Corps, celebrated his most recent promotion with the drill instructor who'd taught him how to be a Marine during boot camp.

04/01/2015

Kendall: Workforce Development Needed to Sustain Tech Superiority  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - It's paramount that the U.S. military maintains its technological edge in the future, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Frank Kendall told civilians and service members at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

04/01/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

04/01/2015

Face of Defense: Female Airman Seeks to ‘Make a Difference’  This story contains photos.    

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Air Force Senior Airman Julie Breault said the desire to serve in the military was instilled in her at a young age.

04/01/2015

ThanksUSA Offers Scholarships to Children, Spouses of U.S. Troops      

WASHINGTON - ThanksUSA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to thanking America's troops through the gift of education, is inviting children and spouses of America's armed forces to apply for its post-secondary education scholarships.

04/01/2015

Disaster Preparedness Mirrors Military Readiness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department takes pride in its readiness to defend the nation against military threats, and also in its role as a partner in emergency and disaster response, a DoD official said.

04/01/2015

Carter, Nakatani Discuss U.S.-Japan Defense Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter called Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to thank him for his long-term support and to discuss the upcoming major events in the U.S.-Japan alliance.

04/01/2015

Month of the Military Child Recognizes Young Family Members      

WASHINGTON - To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child.

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