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Anthrax Vaccine Announcement Expected Within the Month      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials expect to announce within a month what shape the new Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program will take.


Feith Testifies on NATO Enlargement, Capabilities Gap      

WASHINGTON - Planned NATO enlargement should not be an exercise in how little the alliance can get away with, but "how much we can do to advance the cause of freedom," said Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy.


Missile Agency Head Details Progress to Congress      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's aggressive missile defense testing program will continue with a test launch March 15, Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish told Congress Feb. 27.


Guard Bureau Chief Speaks at Homeland Security Conference      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell C. Davis told top industry and government conferees how the National Guard can communicate better with federal, state and local officials and help improve homeland security.


Guard, Reserve War Contributions 'Tremendous,' Says Franks      

WASHINGTON - The commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command praised the support provided by Guardsmen and reservists in the global war on terrorism.


Nations Unite to Combat Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - From the Arabian Sea to Kyrgyzstan's airfields and the the caves of Afghanistan , the world's military counterparts are supporting U.S. forces in their fight against terrorism.


Some Al Qaeda, Taliban Detainees Refuse Food      

WASHINGTON - Some of the 300 Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees in the temporary U.S. holding facility at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have refused to eat at several meals in the last few days, a spokesman for Joint Task Force-160 said.


Info Packet Designed to Help Kids Change Schools      

ARLINGTON, Va. - As more states implement stricter graduation requirements, DoD wants to ensure military kids who change schools during high school still have the right stuff.


Army Names New Vehicle After Enlisted Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army has named its new interim armored vehicle after two soldiers who received the Medal of Honor.


Air Combat Controller 'Lowers the Boom' on Terror Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Air Force special operations trooper described moments of danger and levity when he and Army compatriots were hunkered down atop an adobe building north of Kabul last fall.


U.S. Considers Train and Equip Program for Georgia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials are making plans to help the former Soviet republic of Georgia train and equip its armed forces to improve internal security, senior Pentagon officials said today. Such assistance would ultimately help the war on global terrorism, they said.


6th-Grader Wins African American History Essay Contest  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sixth-grader Shallah Marshall said he researched African American history in libraries and received help and encouragement from his parents to write the award-winning African American History Month essay in the annual DoD-sponsored competition.


Franks: 'Much Left to Be Done' In Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks today told House Armed Services Committee members that his command "remains on the offensive" in Afghanistan.


Work On Military Commission Framework Continues      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials continue to work on the structure of military commissions or tribunals that may be used to try some Al Qaeda or Taliban detainees, Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said today.


Strategic Influence Office 'Closed Down,' Says Rumsfeld      

WASHINGTON - The Office of Strategic Influence will be closed, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.


Rumsfeld Praises Coalition Contributions In Anti- Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today praised the contributions made by America's coalition partners in the war against global terrorism.


Technology Makes it Easier for Rogue States to Get Anthrax      

WASHINGTON - At least a dozen countries have or are actively seeking anthrax for use as a biological weapon, a top DoD proliferation expert said.


Afghanistan Needs National Army to Improve Security      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in Afghanistan is "murky and troublesome," but the Afghans themselves are in the best position to fix it, the general in charge of U.S. operations in the region said.


DoD Holds African American History Month Observance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD held its African-American History Month observance in the Pentagon auditorium Feb. 21 in celebration of the diverse heritage and culture of the defense military and civilian work force.


Iraqi WMD Threat Grows, Detection Difficult      

WASHINGTON - U.N. Security Council weapons inspectors would face a tough job if they return to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.


Military Prepared to do What President Needs, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the U.S. military is prepared to do whatever mission President Bush orders it to do.


U.S. Considers Moves to Aid Long-term Afghan Stability      

WASHINGTON - Combating Al Qaeda and the Taliban government that provided safe haven for the terrorists is just the first step in ending the long-term strife in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.


Pacific Chief Vows to Make Region 'Terrorist-Unfriendly'      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair wants to ensure the Asian Pacific region is "a very unfriendly place for terrorists who may be looking for new homes."


DoD Provides Resident School for Teens at Remote Sites      

WASHINGTON - High school students whose parents are stationed in remote locations are eligible to attend a resident school program at London Central High School.


Chief Still Answers Call After 40 Years  This story contains photos.    

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - After 40 years of federal service, most folks would be ready to call it quits. But not Command Chief Master Sgt. Stephen S. Moore of the New Jersey Air National Guard.


Rumsfeld Says JTF-O Earning 'Gold Medal' for Performance      

SALT LAKE CITY - Visiting with troops assigned to the Joint Task Force - Olympics here, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that the service provided by the JTF-O has been a 'gold medal' performance.


New Jersey Air Guard Goes All Out  This story contains photos.    

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attack turned the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing upside down, according to the wing commander.


Air Guard Fighters Protect U.S. Skies  This story contains photos.    

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Terry Ford and Vince Cooper live with the reality of terrorism each day. They know they could be ordered to sacrifice some American lives to save many.


Rumsfeld Details Hazar Qadam Actions      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said U.S. forces' actions at Hazar Qadam Jan. 24 were justified and supported by intelligence information.


12 Feared Dead in Chopper Crash in Philippines      

WASHINGTON - Twelve U.S. service members are feared dead in the crash of an MH-47 helicopter in the Philippines, Department of Defense officials said.


Bush: U.S. Will Stand By Friends, Allies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States will stand by its friends and allies against global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, President George W. Bush said today to U.S. troops in the Republic of Korea.


Defense Will Not Lie to Public, Feith Says      

WASHINGTON - When Defense Department officials speak to the public, they tell the truth, said Defense Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith.


DoD Honors Best Reserve Component Family Readiness Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top seven reserve component family readiness and mission support programs recently received Defense Department awards here during a large Pentagon ceremony.


National Guard Bobsledder Jill Bakken Wins Olympic Gold  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A soft-spoken National Guard soldier steered her two-seat bobsled to a gold medal Feb. 19 in the first women's bobsled competition featured in the Olympic Games.


Zakheim Seeks To Corral, Reconcile 'Lost' Spending      

WASHINGTON - As part of military transformation efforts, DoD Comptroller Dov S. Zakheim and his posse of accountants are riding the Pentagon's financial paper trail, seeking to corral billions of dollars in so-called "lost" expenditures.


Pentagon Doesn't Plan to 'Disinform' Public      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that Pentagon officials have no intention to provide "disinformation" to foreign media.


Rumsfeld Tells Troops to 'Expect the Unexpected'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Expect the unexpected" was the message Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld delivered to airmen Feb. 20 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., near Las Vegas.


Lawyer? State Trooper? How About 'Armament Specialist?'  This story contains photos.    

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Betsy Diaz thought about being a lawyer, or maybe a state trooper. At the moment, she's not sure what she wants to be.


Translating Transformation into Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - "To my mind, the 'T' in 'Transformation" stands for time," Air Force Maj. Gen. Daniel "Fig" Leaf said during an interview.


Al Qaeda Still a Threat, but Hurt in Many Ways      

WASHINGTON - Coalition actions in Afghanistan and around the world have hurt the Al Qaeda terrorist network in many ways, but the organization remains a threat to America and its allies.


Wolfowitz: WMD Threat Is Real; Anti-Terror War Isn't Over      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz today noted that weapons of mass destruction possessed by the "axis of evil" -- Iraq, Iran and North Korea -- pose a real threat to the world.


Wartime Budget Less Than Late-70's Peacetime-Era Costs      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's chief financial officer said Feb. 14 that DoD's fiscal '03 budget proposal of $379 billion contains far fewer dollars than late-'70s, peacetime-era military costs.


'People Come First,' Zakheim Says of Proposed DoD Budget      

WASHINGTON - DoD's proposed fiscal 2003 budget request rightly provides for increased pay, better housing, and addresses other quality-of-life troop issues, DoD Comptroller Dov S. Zakheim said Feb. 14 at the Pentagon.


African Americans Gain Fame as World War II Red Ball Express Drivers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "When Gen. Patton said for you be there, you were there if you had to drive all day and all night. Those trucks just kept running. They'd break down, we'd fix them and they'd run again," said James D. Rookard, a truck driver with the famous World War II Red Ball Express.


A Global Terror Group Primer      

WASHINGTON - When President Bush says the United States will bring terrorists to justice, he isn't just talking about Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network.


Best Way to Thank Troops is to Fund Budget, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military personnel are extraordinary, said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and the best way to thank them is to ensure they have the tools they need to defend against current threats and the newer threats of the 21st Century.


High-Tech Weapons, Resourceful Troops Will Keep Army Strong (corrects paragraphs 1 and 2)  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces' use of satellite phones, global positioning systems and laser-designators to precisely locate targets in Afghanistan for long-range bombers isn't unusual in this day and age.


'Security' Is the Only Game in Town for Master Sgt. Kurt D. Williams  This story contains photos.    

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - On a flat stretch of country road down a piece from glitzy, glamorous Atlantic City, a billboard featuring airborne F-16 fighter jets directs motorists to "Break left" for the home of the "Jersey Devils."


Stacey Andrews and Her Missing Gulf War Prisoner      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Feb. 28, 1991, wasn't a good day for Air Force Capt. Bill Andrews or his wife, Stacey. His F-16C fighter was shot down over Iraq on the last day of the Persian Gulf War.


School Kids Send Valentine Greetings to Troops      

WASHINGTON - The service members participating in Operation Enduring Freedom will know they are loved.


New Land Expands Arlington Cemetery's Burial Space  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The departments of the Interior and the Army have released 26 acres of land to make room for more graves and a new columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


U.S. and Pakistan Welcome Increased Military Ties      

WASHINGTON - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has taken "a bold and firm and constructive" position on the war against terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.


DoD, TRICARE Play Big Roles in Homeland Security Planning      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE personnel and assets are playing a big part in DoD's preparedness plans in support of other federal, state and local emergency medical response teams in dealing with possible terrorist acts committed on American soil, a senior DoD official said here Feb. 6.


U.S., Pentagon Attention on Iraq Is Long-standing, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - President Bush raised public speculation about U.S. military involvement in Iraq when he called that country part of "an axis of evil" during his Jan. 29 State of the Union address.


Myers: Doesn't Believe Afghan Detainees Were Beaten      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he doesn't believe 27 Afghans detained during a U.S. raid were abused during their two weeks in U.S. custody.


NFL Endows Scholarships for Spann, Winters Hometown High Schools      

NEW YORK - The National Football League has endowed funds for $10,000 annual scholarships in memory of CIA intelligence officer Johnny "Mike" Spann and Marine Sgt. Jeannette Winters, the first American man and woman killed in Afghanistan.


Remanded Detainees not 'High Value,' DoD Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The 27 Afghans captured by U.S. forces in a Jan. 24 raid and since returned to Afghanistan's interim government were 'little fish,' DoD officials said today.


Team Tells Students of Special Forces Role in Afghan War      

FORT MEADE, Md. - They call themselves Texas- One-Two, this Special Forces team that returned from the war in Afghanistan in early December.


U.S. Investigators Leave Missile Strike Site      

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2002 –- U.S. investigators searching a missile strike site in Afghanistan discovered some documents, ammunition, weapons and bits of human remains, DoD spokesperson Victoria Clarke said today.


Soldier Carries WTC Flag at Olympic Opener  This story contains photos.    

SALT LAKE CITY - It was an offer two-time Olympian Sgt. Kristina Sabasteanski couldn't refuse.


U.S. Turns Over 27 Detainees From Hazar Qadam Raid      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command officials have turned over 27 detainees to Afghan Interim Authority officials.


U.S. Following Up on Predator Strike; More Detainees Headed for GITMO      

WASHINGTON - Bad weather has prevented U.S. military officials from reaching a site near Zawar Kili, Afghanistan, where a Feb. 4 strike by a CIA Predator unmanned aerial vehicle reportedly killed several Al Qaeda leaders, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke told reporters here today.


Legislation Brings Tax Relief to Terror Victims' Families      

WASHINGTON - Legislation signed last month by President Bush provides a guaranteed $10,000 minimum of federal tax relief to families of all victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States.


Former Artilleryman Is New TRICARE Senior Enlisted Adviser      

WASHINGTON - A straight-shooting former Army artilleryman turned nurse now gives advice to senior DoD health affairs and TRICARE Management Activity leaders.


Rumsfeld Explains Detainee Status      

WASHINGTON - It is because the United States places such emphasis on the Geneva Convention that American officials do not consider Al Qaeda covered by the agreement nor are they willing to award the Taliban detainees POW status.


All Pentagon Workers to Receive Chem/Bio Training      

WASHINGTON - All military and civilian personnel assigned to the "Pentagon reservation" will receive training in what to do in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack, officials said Feb. 8.


Intel Satellites Need More 'Dwell Time,' Teets Says      

WASHINGTON - Military and civilian space specialists will seek ways to increase the amount of intelligence gathered by orbiting satellites as part of DoD efforts to integrate national security space capabilities, the Air Force's No. 2 civilian said here today.


DoD Holds Eighth Annual POW/MIA Prayer Breakfast  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Department of Defense held its eighth annual National POW/MIA Prayer breakfast here today to focus attention on the nation's commitment to the fullest possible accounting of missing Americans from all wars.


Canada Joins Joint Strike Fighter Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Canadian Ministry of Defense today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Defense Department to participate in the Joint Strike Fighter program.


Geneva Convention Applies to Taliban, not Al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said the United States would regard the Geneva Conventions as applying to Taliban detainees under U.S. control -- but not Al Qaeda detainees.


Pentagon Opens to Tourists, but Restricts Visits to Schoolchildren  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon opened its doors to tourists Feb. 6 for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. But, the tours are restricted to school groups only.


TRICARE Improved; Changes, Challenges Ahead, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - Senior DoD leaders Feb. 4 praised improvements made to TRICARE, the military's healthcare system, and also noted the need for new methods and efficiencies to meet anticipated challenges ahead.


CIA Chief Says Al Qaeda Still Greatest Threat to U.S.      

WASHINGTON - Despite the progress in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda terror network remains the greatest danger confronting the United States, CIA Director George Tenet told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.


What's Up at the Pentagon?      

WASHINGTON - Defense-based capabilities. Transformation. Force-sizing construct. Asymmetric threats. These are some of the latest buzzwords at the Pentagon.


President Champions Nation's 'First Responders'      

WASHINGTON - A new culture is emerging in America in the aftermath of last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attack, President George W. Bush told police officers and firefighters in New York City today.


Defense Budget Includes $94 Billion for Military Pay, Allowances  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Smart weapons are worthless unless they're in the hands of smart, well-trained, highly motivated soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told members of the House Armed Services Committee today.


Old Guard Honors Battlefield Tradition      

WASHINGTON - Troops going into combat count on one thing: No matter what happens, their buddies won't leave them behind.


Myers Says Joint Capabilities, Transformation Key to 21st Century War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD's top uniformed officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the country must invest in its military to maintain the quality of the force and to fulfill U.S. obligations around the world.


President Boosts Nation's 'Biodefense' Budget      

WASHINGTON - "We must do everything in our power -- everything -- to protect our fellow Americans," President Bush said today at the University of Pittsburgh. And that's why he wants nearly $6 billion to help America defend against anthrax and other forms of biological terrorism.


Rumsfeld Talks Money With Senators      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military must accomplish three difficult missions at once, and ignoring any one of them would put the nation in peril, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today to the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Situation Unclear About U.S. Raid on Afghan Compound      

WASHINGTON - Officials of Hamid Karzai's Afghan interim government said the U.S. raid on suspected Taliban compounds Jan. 24 in the village of Hazar Qadam may have killed some Karzai allies.


Rumsfeld Calls 2003 Budget Key to Transformation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In addition to providing funds for the war on terror, President Bush's fiscal 2003 DoD budget request starts the military transformation process, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Feb. 4.


Clark: TRICARE Delivers on Promise of Quality Healthcare      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2002 - Young service members expect military leaders to issue equipment and or - WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2002 –- Young service members expect military leaders to issue equipment and orders, and to pay attention to their quality-of-life concerns, the chief of naval operations said here today.


Bush Makes Defense Budget 'Top Priority'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Now that the United States has put the Taliban out of business, President George W. Bush says the military's next objective in Afghanistan is clear.


Budget Request Funds War on Terror, Military Transformation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush is asking for a fiscal 2003 defense budget of $379.4 billion, an increase of $48 billion over the fiscal 2002 budget.


Rumsfeld Warns of Nexus of Rogue States, Terror Networks      

WASHINGTON - The gravest danger facing the United States is a rogue regime giving weapons of mass destruction to terrorist organizations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Feb. 3.


Wolfowitz Says NATO Ties Are 'Essential'      

WASHINGTON - NATO support for the war on terrorism proves the trans-Atlantic alliance is strong, united and ready to face new threats, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told European allies today in Germany.


Wolfowitz: World Must Act Now to Prevent Evil      

WASHINGTON - The world must act now to prevent terrorist networks from unleashing even more devastating evil than they did on Sept. 11, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today in Germany.


Service Members to Read Letterman's Top 10 List      

WASHINGTON - Maybe the announcer will go "It's 'The Late Show With David Letterman' featuring guest appearances by the U.S. military." Then again, probably not.


DFAS Expands Web-based Financial Services for DoD Personnel      

WASHINGTON - DoD civilian employees can access even more financial information services through an improved Defense Finance and Accounting Service Internet site.


Demand Skyrockets for K-9 Bomb Teams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Life has been more hectic than usual lately for Army Staff Sgt. Martin Lowrey and his K-9 partner, Kiko. The military policeman and his 6-year-old bomb-sniffing German shepherd have been on the go almost constantly since Sept. 11.


Absentee Ballots: Troops' Tickets for Overseas Voting      

WASHINGTON - Participation in the nation's electoral process "is a mark of good citizenship, and I would say our military are certainly fine examples of good citizens," DoD's senior voting assistance officer said.


President Bush 'Wants You'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Mentor a child. Serve your community. Be a volunteer. President George W. Bush wants all Americans to do their part to protect the American homeland.


Whitney M. Young Jr.: Little Known Civil Rights Pioneer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Many people, particularly the younger generation, are not aware of Whitney M. Young, Jr.'s contributions to the civil rights movement or his role in making life better for African Americans in the armed forces.


Super Bowl Rivalry Leads to Tattoo Challenge      

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - "In the unlikely event" the St. Louis Rams win the Super Bowl Feb. 3, Bryant College President Ronald K. Machtley said here, look for him to sport a temporary U.S. Marine Corps tattoo while 12 of his students parade around campus for a day in Western Illinois University sweatshirts.


Ask the Boss, He'll Tell It Like It Is      

WASHINGTON - Question-and-answer sessions between mid-level career officers and top brass normally are rather rigid affairs, but that's not the case when Donald H. Rumsfeld's runs the show.


Inouye About X-Ray: "I'd Rather be There Than Kabul"  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2002 - The 158 Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees under U.S. military control at C - Where would I send my combat patrols? These are all new things that we are, frankly, not prepared for.

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