WASHINGTON - The use of overseas contingency operations funding has relieved some pressure on the Defense Department’s base budget, but as the war in Afghanistan winds down, those base budget requirements are at risk.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s nuclear deterrent is the ultimate protection for the United States while also assuring distant allies of their security against regional aggression.
WASHINGTON - The strength of coalition bonds in Afghanistan can be demonstrated by a recent helicopter recovery effort that involved four of the eight countries deployed to Regional Command Southwest, said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Walter Lee Miller Jr., former commander of the regional command and the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review establishes priorities for defense spending, assets and a rebalancing of the military in anticipation of the security challenges the nation is likely to face in the coming years, all in light of an increasingly tight fiscal situation, a senior DOD official said.
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force Airman 1st Class Tracy A. Guardado didn't falter or fail during a series of obstacles during her training.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon and received a briefing on Israel's interdiction operation in the Red Sea that seized a suspected Iranian shipment of advanced weapons bound for terrorist organizations operating in Gaza.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top doctor says the innovations and technology in military medicine derived from more than a decade of war have led to advances in caring for the sick and injured.
WASHINGTON - The past year can best be characterized as one of transition for Afghanistan’s Regional Command Southwest, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Walter Lee Miller Jr. said during a Pentagon news briefing.
WASHINGTON - With a lens on the Syria spillover and the growing threat of terrorism and sectarianism in the Middle East, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs reaffirmed the Defense Department’s commitment to the stability and security of regional partners.
WASHINGTON - Helped by the Arab Spring, terrorist groups in North and West Africa have expanded their operations, increasing threats to the United States and its interests, the commander of U.S. Africa Command told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called compensation a “critical” issue as he
addressed compensation reform during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to support the coordinated U.S. response to Russia’s recent aggression toward Ukraine, and to help Ukraine and U.S. allies and partners in the region, DOD and administration officials said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s latest budget request is a collaborative proposal that has adjusted to new strategic realities and fiscal constraints for the future, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - Service members, veterans and their families who complained to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about financial products or services have recovered more than $1 million, but some military families are not receiving the added consumer protections they have earned.
PHOENIX - While growing up in rural Montana, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela Higgins remembers watching the Montana Guard members helping with community activities and admiring their sharp uniforms.
WASHINGTON - Progress remains steady in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter’s operational testing, reprogramming, fueling, and stand-up training, the F-35 program executive officer said.
WASHINGTON - If U.S. and NATO forces are required to leave Afghanistan at the end of the year in the absence of a security agreement, the Afghan government’s long-term viability “is likely to be at high risk,” the commander of U.S. Central Command told Congress.
WASHINGTON - A defense official provided details on the United States augmenting its participation in NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics and increasing joint training through its aviation detachment in Poland.
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander for the Asia-Pacific region told Congress that growing challenges posed by China’s rising military power, an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable North Korea, escalating territorial disputes and humanitarian aid efforts after natural disasters are putting the U.S. military in Asia at greater risk.
WASHINGTON - Congressional failure to fund the Defense Department above levels required by sequestration in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and beyond will compromise national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
ARLINGTON, Va. - To ensure on-time, on-cost delivery of quality products and services to the warfighter, a Pentagon official encouraged clear and ongoing dialog between Defense Department decision-makers and industry leaders.
WASHINGTON - Global security threats are not fading, even as the Defense Department looks for ways to balance worldwide security demands with diminished resources, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey outlined Defense Department activities pertaining to the crisis in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget request repositions the force to focus on future challenges and opportunities, while continuing to recover readiness lost during sequestration in fiscal 2013, the service’s budget director said at a Pentagon news conference.
WASHINGTON - The Navy Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects tough, but responsible choices, a senior Navy official said at a Pentagon news conference.
WASHINGTON - Under the Army's fiscal year 2015 budget request, soldiers will receive a 1 percent pay increase as well as a basic allowance for housing increase of 1.5 percent and a 3.4 percent increase in basic allowance for subsistence.
BUSAN, South Korea - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aleasha Gatewood, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Staff embarked on the flagship USS Blue Ridge, had a rare opportunity to spend time with her aunt, Navy Lt. j.g. Aricka Faulkner, while underway in support of the ongoing Key Resolve 2014 exercise.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official says the Pentagon will not be able to manage some of the changes that will be required should another budget sequester be imposed in 2016.
WASHINGTON - The defense strategic guidance can work under the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Defense Department, but Defense officials caution another round of deep spending cuts associated with a budget sequester, which could return in 2016, would jeopardize national security.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proposed a $163.9 billion fiscal year 2015 budget for the Veterans Affairs Department, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal 2014.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency continues to develop technology and work with its partners amid growing ballistic missile threats around the world, the agency’s director said.
WASHINGTON - The 2014 version of the Quadrennial Defense Review takes the defense strategic guidance formulated in 2012 and evolves it through the future.
WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2015 defense budget request squares priorities with resources while calling for a 1 percent pay raise for the military, Defense Department officials said.
WASHINGTON - Fred Smith served two tours in Vietnam with the Marine Corps, earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Heart medals. He later used his military experience to build FedEx.
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For most recruits, their arrival to recruit training is their first taste of the Marine Corps. But for some, it is a way of life passed on from generation to generation.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has “put on hold” military-to-military activities with Russia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. - Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Over was tapped as "Hometown Hero of the Week" by a New York radio station.
WASHINGTON - Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged a diplomatic approach to resolve what he described as a “dangerous situation” in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON - Calling Ukraine a valued NATO partner, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called their Russian counterparts to express their concerns over recent events in Ukraine, according to White House and Defense Department news releases.
BRUSSELS - President Barack Obama’s recent statement of willingness to let Afghanistan’s next president sign a critical bilateral security agreement may give hope to Afghans who feared NATO-mission troops would withdraw from the nation by Dec. 31.
Air National Guardsmen, Navy Reservists Participate in Cajun Care 2014 in Louisiana