WASHINGTON - Cyber threats are real, hurting the nation and its allies and partners, costing hundreds of billions, and potentially leading to a catastrophic failure if not addressed, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command reported airstrikes Nov. 19 against Islamic state militant groups and the al-Qaida-affiliated Khorasan group in Syria, a move the Pentagon press secretary called a success.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military effort to help prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa could be extended beyond its six-month mission if there is a surge of new cases, the Pentagon Press Secretary said.
WASHINGTON - The debate on the civil-military divide is timeless, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a keynote speech.
WASHINGTON - Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore in recognizing the talents of military chefs and enlisted aides.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - For some 375 or so members of the New York National Guard called out to assist in western New York's snow emergency, the biggest impression was the stark differences in snowfall across the various locations where a storm blowing off Lake Erie dumped up to 6 feet of snow.
WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is showing good signs of progress, and the first of 1,500 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving there in the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
FORT CARSON, Colo. - Balancing duties as a soldier and a mother of three, one of whom is a special needs child, is just one of the challenges Army Sgt. Shanna Rodriguez has faced in her life.
WASHINGTON - Protecting military networks is among many national security challenges the nation faces, Michael G. Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said at the Defense One Summit.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A groundbreaking program, called blood flow restriction training, or BFR, offers warriors huge gains from low-resistance exercise.
WASHINGTON - Soldiers, military scientists and Defense Department civilians are on the ground in West Africa to help stop history’s largest Ebola outbreak, and now innovators at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are turning their job of changing what’s possible to the fight against infectious diseases.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work stressed the importance of engaging industry, services and the Defense Business Board in maintaining the United States’ technological edge in coming years in remarks at the Defense One Summit.
WASHINGTON - The military is being asked to do more in an increasingly volatile world and Congress needs to increase its budget, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he is “encouraged, but pragmatic” about progress in Iraq to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
WASHINGTON - The USO’s new therapy program provides wounded warriors with artistic outlets to help them express their wartime experiences.
WASHINGTON - All the services are looking at different ways to attract and retain the best recruits for the military, and that may include some form of interrupted service, the chief of naval personnel said.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Members of the New York National Guard were out in force in western New York, where snow had piled up to 6 feet deep in some areas.
WASHINGTON - The Army is going to shrink but leaders must be careful that cuts aren’t draconian, the Army's Chief of Staff said.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Senior Airman Crystal Cash, a boom operator, has logged more than 700 flying hours in the KC-135 Stratotanker, refueling various aircraft.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's chief of army staff, at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO.
FORT LESLEY J. McNAIR, Washington, D.C. - Developing leaders that champion innovation is the core mission of the National Defense University, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the assumption of the presidency of the institution.
WASHINGTON - Art therapy has evolved as a treatment to help service members express what they want to “symbolize about themselves” after suffering the invisible wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Defense Department art therapist said.
WASHINGTON - Chief Warrant Officer 5 Debra Blankenbaker earned the Army's Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award and the Defense Department's award for the "bystander intervention" training program she developed.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked troops at Fort Campbell, Ky., for making a “huge difference” in working to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will host a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues to support wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised training efforts at the Army’s National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., where he observed a “full-spectrum” war exercise.
WASHINGTON - Russia’s blatant disregard of international norms in Ukraine is just one example of its attempts to reject an international order that promotes democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law, NATO’s deputy secretary general said in La Hulpe, Belgium.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command officials provided details of recent airstrikes that have targeted Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Security forces airmen deploy a lot. It's a part of the job that has seen Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shaun Bush deploy five times during his 11 years in the Air Force.
WASHINGTON - A former Army Ranger who worked to aid victims of the conflict in Syria sought to make a difference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, condemning the “ruthless barbarity” of his murder by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Connecting with researchers and getting personnel involved in projects are ways to encourage innovation, the Chief of Naval Operations said at the Reagan National Defense Forum.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, who in 2010 became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, spoke during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum about how he feels awkward at being labeled a 'hero.'
WASHINGTON - The threat of sequestration and an era that has produced simultaneous global crises is challenging future military readiness and may prompt Defense Department leaders to rethink core strategies, defense leaders said at the 2014 Reagan National Defense Forum.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to harness the brightest minds and technology to change the way the department operates.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Sharp cuts and continued uncertainty in the U.S. defense budget have upset the strategic balance of the nation's security, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Reagan National Defense Forum.
WASHINGTON - "Cyber blur" is an enormous challenge to those seeking to defend the nation's networks, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency, and chief of the Central Security Service, said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.
WASHINGTON - The most important aspect of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is an inclusive and responsive Iraqi government, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told U.S. service members during his visit to Baghdad.
WASHINGTON - Cutting red tape and eliminating bureaucracy is a priority effort throughout the Defense Department, both the Secretary of the Air Force and DoD's top acquisitions official said at the Reagan Defense Forum.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Canadian Deputy Defense Minister Richard Fadden discussed global security challenges and collaboration on counter-ISIL operations in Iraq.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Baghdad, in an unannounced visit for talks with troops and with U.S. and Iraqi officials on the way ahead in the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
WASHINGTON - On the first stop of his trip to interact with military members, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised what he called the “reliable and effective” airmen who support the nuclear enterprise.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered some 2,100 Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers to deploy in support of Operation United Assistance.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Minot Air Force Base, N.D., the first stop of a five-day trip to see how the force trains to maintain readiness, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Soldiers and U.S. Army civilian employees celebrated Native Americans’ contributions to the U.S. military at a 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command-hosted ceremony.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will implement more than 100 recommendations to improve its nuclear deterrent enterprise and in the process make the difficult job of working in that environment better for the nuclear workforce, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.
TAMPA, Fla. - The United States and coalition partners continue air attacks against terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced a series of measures to increase investment in America’s nuclear deterrent after reviews found evidence of systemic problems.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama intends to nominate Elissa Slotkin as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Airman 1st Class Theo Shakir was born an Iraqi and now lives a very different life as an American citizen.
WASHINGTON - Ensuring that U.S. personnel dispatched to West Africa to help stop the spread of Ebola don’t contract the deadly disease remains the U.S. military’s top priority, a senior Defense Department official said.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agency for International Development administrator told a House committee that the U.S. military has helped accelerate the response to an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
WASHINGTON - United States and coalition forces have made progress in recent months against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but the campaign will be “a long and difficult struggle,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is just entering its fourth month, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged Congress and the American people to develop the strategic patience needed to see the effort through.
WASHINGTON - The annual Armed Services Blood Program Army-Navy Blood Donor Challenge is officially underway, according to an Armed Services Blood Program news release.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines on Camp Pendleton, Calif., conducted a demanding physical training proficiency exercise.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and Liberian efforts to combat Ebola in the West African country are progressing, but new cases of the disease continue to be reported daily.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is playing a unique role in the United States’ comprehensive Ebola response efforts.
WASHINGTON - American and Turkish authorities will swiftly investigate the attack earlier today on three U.S. sailors in Istanbul, Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman said here.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Joint and coalition cyberspace forces completed Cyber Flag 15-1, a training exercise fusing attack and defense across the full spectrum of military operations.
TAMPA, Fla. - As airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq continued, U.S. and partner-nation military forces met to discuss the way ahead.
WASHINGTON - The present-day security environment is challenging, but it is not insurmountable, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work told the Center for Strategic and International Studies here.
MAURA, Brunei - The Brunei portion of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercises commenced at Maura Naval Base.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work gave a rundown of U.S. military operations around the world as part of a wide-ranging speech he delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
WASHINGTON - The Vietnam War Memorial teaches Americans to honor those who sacrificed, but also to be honest and to question the policies that send Americans to war, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - An unbroken line of veterans has kept the United States and its freedoms safe since the founding of the republic, Vice President Joe Biden said.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney’s Doc McStuffins saluted military veterans and their children at the White House.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored veterans and service members past, present and future in a Veterans Day message.
WASHINGTON - The initial group of F-16 fighter jets purchased by Iraq will be delivered to Tucson, Ariz., for Iraqi pilot training due to the security situation in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff marked the start of Commitment to Service week -- a week of special emphasis on community service -- with a visit to New York City's Harvest food rescue organization.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through September, and each service also exceeded Department of Defense quality benchmarks for new recruits, DoD officials announced.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department-provided, 25-bed hospital sent to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of the department’s Ebola response efforts has officially opened and is completely staffed, a Defense Department spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - As the result of its ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense, the Transportation Security Administration has extended TSA Precheck expedited screening benefits to students of the four U.S. service academies, according to a DoD news release.
WASHINGTON - Service members' sacrifices helped the United States become the strongest and most prosperous nation in history, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 23 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
DAKAR, Senegal - More than 35 airmen and two Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft arrived to establish the 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron and fly humanitarian cargo into Liberia for Operation United Assistance.
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea - Army Sgt. Anthony Nunez, who fought and triumphed to become the All-Army light welterweight boxing champ, now has his sights set on the Olympics.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to commend service members for their dedication and to encourage Americans to honor their sacrifices.
WASHINGTON - The presidential administration announced plans to request $5.6 billion in fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations funds for activities to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen for Denmark's contribution in Iraq to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is pushing forward on information technology such as cloud computing, smartphones, apps, and data access to improve the mission and reduce costs.
WASHINGTON - As part of the strategy to defeat terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama authorized Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to deploy up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq.
WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials released guidance outlining a 21-day “controlled monitoring” policy for Defense Department personnel returning from areas where the Ebola virus is present.
WASHINGTON - The deputy defense secretary and the secretary of the Army inducted Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, 151 years after his heroic actions during the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg, which earned him the Medal of Honor.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department recognized eight of its more than 800,000 civilian employees with awards for their commitment to public service and their personal and professional integrity.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are launching an initiative to enhance the safety of student-athletes and service members.
WASHINGTON - In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month each November the Defense Department honors American Indian and Alaska Native service members and civilians.
WASHINGTON - Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to limit civilian casualties during the conflict in Gaza earlier this year, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation airstrikes continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. James Hibler enjoys flying as a UH-1Y Huey helicopter crew chief.
WASHINGTON - NATO’s new secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, visited troops in Afghanistan and met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the country's future.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for helping to stop Confederate Army Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.
WASHINGTON - The people of Iraq and Syria will reject and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander for the Middle East said there has been "significant" progress in the effort to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Private-sector recruiters seeking skilled wounded, ill, injured and transitioning service members and their families showcased their companies at a career fair on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and an all-star cast hosted military children at the White House for a workshop in advance of the taping of a concert for PBS.
WASHINGTON - Though the U.S. military will respond to the Iranian nuclear issue if asked, diplomatic resolution remains preferable, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted airstrikes against five Khorasan Group targets near Sarmada, Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department office, is accepting nominations for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. - Accomplished rugby player Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell chose to amputate his severely injured leg to realize an improved quality of life.
WASHINGTON - Russia is "pushing on the limits of international order," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a question-and-answer session at an event on hiring veterans in New York.
WASHINGTON - Veterans are brave and selfless, and they bring the best traits to employers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a symposium of Veterans on Wall Street.
WASHINGTON - In the final days of the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan, the Afghan national security forces are winning and the long coalition effort is taking hold, the commander of ISAF Joint Command said.
WASHINGTON - The technological dominance enjoyed by the U.S. military force that fought the first Gulf War a quarter century ago is threatened today, said Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics.
WASHINGTON - Collective defense is well and is truly back on NATO’s agenda, Alexander Vershbow, the alliance’s deputy secretary general, said at the the Seoul Defense Dialogue in South Korea.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force Capt. Brandon Rieker is one of six in his career field to be selected to attend the elite U.S. Air Force Weapons School Weapons Instructor Course on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Adopting open architectures in systems that the Defense Department buys from industry can reduce costs and facilitate competition, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide for Norway's contributions to the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel remains committed to the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region despite having to postpone an upcoming trip to Vietnam and Burma.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is progressing toward the establishment of a program to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces.
WASHINGTON - The Chief of Naval Operations discussed the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.
WATERS NEAR GUAM - A group of sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington employ art to tell the Navy's story.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated his Tunisian counterpart for successful parliamentary elections.
WASHINGTON - Europe faces increasing instability from “the unwelcome return of nations using military force to coerce neighboring states” and from challenges emanating from the Middle East and North Africa, the commander of U.S. European Command told reporters at the Pentagon.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
WASHINGTON - November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Three individuals and a couple received the 2014 Military Officer Association of America Community Heroes Awards for their efforts to support service members, military families and veterans.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Combat medic Army Spc. Kayla Richie saved the life of a military family member who collapsed at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
WASHINGTON - You don’t get to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff without learning something about leadership along the way.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama spoke with U.S. service members working to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa and expressed his profound gratitude for their role in Operation United Assistance.
WASHINGTON - The world has always faced challenges, but the difference today is that many strategy and policy decisions are made in public, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
Guardsmen Assist Snow Storm Victims