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02/28/2014

Homeland Defense Nominee Prioritizes Terrorist Protection      

WASHINGTON - The nominee for assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense told the Senate Armed Forces Committee in a statement he would continue the Defense Department’s policies and improve protection of the United States from a major terrorist attack.

02/28/2014

Stratcom Commander Outlines Deterrence Strategy      

WASHINGTON - While U.S. Strategic Command remains capable and ready to meet its assigned missions, sequestration will continue to stress its human element and ability to meet 21st century threats, Stratcom’s commander told the Senators.

02/28/2014

New Defense Health Agency Exceeds Goals, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s new health care organization has exceeded its goals since standing up five months ago, top health care officials told the House Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee here.

02/28/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Traces Family Lineage to Abolitionist  This story contains photos.    

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Barricia McCormick of the Georgia Air National Guard traces her family lineage back to Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist.

02/27/2014

Transcom Commander Discusses Mission Priorities      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s mandate to reduce U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 is U.S. Transportation Command’s top priority, Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III told Congress.

02/27/2014

McRaven: Special Ops Ready for Post-2014 Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Special operations forces will be prepared for any decision made on the post-2014 U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress.

02/27/2014

Alexander: Laws, Policies Lag Behind Changes in Cyber Threats      

WASHINGTON - The threat in cyberspace is changing so rapidly that law and policy lag behind and is one of the “key and fundamental” issues that the nation must address, the country's top cyber commander told a Senate panel.

02/27/2014

Official Gives Congress Details on Fatal Helo Attack      

WASHINGTON - Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on an Army transport helicopter.

02/27/2014

Opportunities, Challenges Abound on Mobile Horizon, CIO Says      

WASHINGTON - For DOD, opportunities and challenges abound on the mobile horizon, the Pentagon’s chief information officer said as she discussed mobile computing and its critical role in improving support for the Defense Department’s 600,000 mobile device users.

02/27/2014

Syria Slow in Meeting Obligations, DOD Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Chemical materials designated for destruction are slowly being transported for consolidation at the Syrian port of Latakia, and the United States is urging the Syrian government to accelerate this process, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters.

02/27/2014

Face of Defense: Warrant Officer Mentors Soldiers, Students  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Warrant Officer Randy Jones, a reserve soldier, employs his civilian teaching skills to mentor his troops.

02/27/2014

DOD Enacts Faster, More Agile Technology Acquisitions Process      

WASHINGTON - Information technology programs represent a considerable portion of all acquisition programs within the Defense Department, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said.

02/27/2014

Hagel Highlights NATO Capabilities, ISAF, Ukraine  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - Over two days of meetings in Brussels, discussions among NATO defense ministers focused on future alliance capabilities, the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and NATO’s defense relationship with Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in his closing remarks.

02/27/2014

Information Access Equals Mission Success, CIO Says      

WASHINGTON - Mission success depends on the ability of the Defense Department’s leaders to act decisively based on the most timely and accurate information, DOD’s chief information officer said.

02/27/2014

Winnefeld: Budget Request Balances Security, Fiscal Realities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request seeks to balance the nation’s security needs with the realities of fiscal constraints, said Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/27/2014

Hagel Meets With Defense Ministers of Spain, Italy, Denmark  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Brussels with defense ministers from Spain, Italy and Denmark on the sidelines of the two-day NATO defense ministers conference.

02/26/2014

Southcom, Northcom Commanders Detail Threats to the Americas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Threats to the Americas are increasing just as U.S. military efforts to counter them are constrained by fewer resources, the commanders of U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command told Congress.

02/26/2014

Officials Testify on Links Between Suicide, PTSD, Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee on the relationship between military sexual assault survivors and the subsequent development of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder.

02/26/2014

Tough Budget Choices Protect Security Interests, Fox Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget protects the department’s two most important constituencies: troops and taxpayers, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.

02/26/2014

Nominee Pledges to Continue Meeting DOD’s Fiscal Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has faced many funding challenges and stands ready to meet those ahead, the man nominated to be the Pentagon’s next chief financial officer said at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.

02/26/2014

U.S.-Lebanese Engagement Remains Important, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite impacts from the Syrian conflict, Lebanon is making progress in security and stability, but continued U.S. engagement is crucial, the Defense Department’s principal director for Middle East policy said.

02/26/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Uses Life Experience to Succeed  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. Abigail V. Reynolds is serving with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as an interpreter between U.S. Marines and Japanese soldiers during Exercise Iron Fist 2014.

02/26/2014

Budget Official Describes Pentagon’s Cost-saving Measures      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s chief financial officer assured a conference audience of the Defense Department’s commitment to the forces despite plans to modestly slow growth in military pay and benefits.

02/26/2014

Dempsey, U.S. Leaders Discuss Obama’s Afghanistan Decision  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with U.S. leaders at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan to ensure they understood what President Barack Obama’s decision on Afghanistan is and what it is not.

02/26/2014

Hagel Talks with Troops about 2015 Defense Budget Request  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - In spotless aircraft hangars at two different military bases in southeastern Virginia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stood before several hundred airmen and soldiers, highlighting priorities in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request and taking questions.

02/26/2014

DOD Policy Nominees Share Insights at Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - Christine E. Wormuth, nominated to be undersecretary of defense for policy, and Brian McKeon, nominated to be principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, shared their visions of DOD’s future in a Senate Armed Service Committee confirmation hearing.

02/26/2014

Hagel: Lack of Agreements Narrows Options in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Every day that goes by with no signed U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral security agreement and no status of forces agreement for International Security Assistance Force partners narrows the options available to help the people of Afghanistan after 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

02/25/2014

Obama Announces New DOD-led Manufacturing Institutes      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Defense Department and supported by a $140 million federal commitment combined with more than $320 million in private-sector commitments.

02/25/2014

DOD Asia Policy Nominee Encourages Close Watch on China      

WASHINGTON - The man nominated to be the Defense Department’s top policy official for the Asia-Pacific region said today he believes the United States must do more than just watch and analyze China’s military, and he called for encouraging Taiwan to develop a defense force capable of thwarting Beijing’s efforts to coerce its rival.

02/25/2014

Work: Continued Fiscal Uncertainty Creates Cascading Effects      

WASHINGTON - Continued fiscal uncertainty has the potential to create cascading effects across all elements of the Defense Department’s enterprise, President Barack Obama’s nominee to take the Pentagon’s No. 2 post said.

02/25/2014

Acting Deputy Secretary Outlines Defense Budget Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox took to the podium at the 2015 Defense Programs Conference to explain the strategic assumptions and analytic basis for the budget and program decisions in the department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request.

02/25/2014

Kendall Cautions Against Complacency in U.S. Tech Superiority      

WASHINGTON - The United States has been strategically dominant since the end of the Cold War, but complacency and distractions could lead to a loss of technology superiority, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said.

02/25/2014

Dempsey Visits Afghanistan as Contingency Withdrawal Plans Begin  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Afghanistan, as White House officials announced that in the absence of a signed post-2014 bilateral security agreement, President Barack Obama has directed the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal should the United States not keep any troops in the country beyond the end of the year.

02/25/2014

Hagel to Attend NATO Defense Ministers Meeting in Brussels      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to travel to Brussels where he will attend a two-day meeting of NATO defense ministers, in a statement.

02/25/2014

Counter-IED Organization to Continue at Smaller Size      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is still relevant and is needed for future conflicts, but its size is expected to shrink significantly.

02/25/2014

Dempsey: Past Year ‘Surprisingly Positive’ for Afghan Forces      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - By both NATO and Afghan accounts, the past year “has been surprisingly positive” for the Afghan national security forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/25/2014

Chairman Disputes Notion of Declining U.S. Military      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The U.S. military has some fiscal constraints, but it is not a military in decline as some critics suggest, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/25/2014

Hagel to Visit Troops at Langley AFB, Fort Eustis in Virginia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit troops at Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis in the Norfolk, Va., area, to discuss the future of the Air Force and of the Army's future force, senior defense officials said.

02/25/2014

Contingency Plans Begin for Possible Full Afghanistan Withdrawal      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama informed Afghan President Hamid Karzai that because the Afghan leader has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the bilateral security agreement on a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond this year, he has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

02/25/2014

Face of Defense: Navy Radiology Technician Wears Many Hats  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. - Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Emmanuel Melendez, a radiology technician, is willing to pitch in on other duties, and this attribute has contributed to his selection as Junior Sailor of the Quarter.

02/25/2014

Army Veteran Helps Hopeful Military Writers Go To Print      

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A soldier-turned-scribe conducted a writing workshop at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., the latest in an ongoing, no-cost series of seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members.

02/25/2014

Dempsey Seeks Feedback From Force on Budget Proposals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wants feedback from service members on the fiscal year 2015 defense budget request that he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently outlined to reporters at the Pentagon.

02/24/2014

Official Reaffirms DOD’s Commitment to Diversity      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department honored African-Americans for their service and contributions to the U.S. military, a senior DOD official reaffirmed the department’s commitment to promoting diversity.

02/24/2014

Scholar Captures African-American Officers’ Unique Challenges      

WASHINGTON - African-American officers serving during the Vietnam War era faced a particularly challenging time, but very little has been documented of their experiences, Isaac Hampton II, a scholar who has studied the black officer corps during this period, told a Pentagon Auditorium audience as part of the Defense Department’s History Speaker Series celebrating African-American History Month.

02/24/2014

Military Saves Week Encourages Fiscal Fitness      

WASHINGTON - Now in its eight year of partnership with America Saves Week, the Defense Department’s Military Saves Week helps service members achieve financial security, flexibility and confidence.

02/24/2014

Hagel Outlines Budget Reducing Troop Strength, Force Structure  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed cuts in military spending that include further reductions in troop strength and force structure in every military service in the coming year as part of an effort to prioritize U.S. strategic interests in the face of reduced resources after more than a decade of war.

02/24/2014

Dempsey Stresses Balance in the Fiscal 2015 Budget Request  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told Pentagon reporters that the budget request he and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel previewed "represents a responsible and, more importantly, a realistic way forward."

02/24/2014

DOD Takes Holistic View of Slowing Military Compensation Growth  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said.

02/24/2014

DOD Stresses Cutting Debt, Saving More in Military Saves Week      

WASHINGTON - Because Defense Department leaders believe personal financial readiness equals mission readiness, officials want service members to “set a goal, make a plan and save automatically” in the Military Saves Week campaign, a senior Pentagon official said.

02/24/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Deployments in Stride  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Master Sgt. Pablo Jimenez of the 4th Infantry Division makes sure incoming service members are properly trained for their mission in southern Afghanistan.

02/23/2014

Soldiers Past, Present Strike Bronze At Sochi Games      

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - A former Soldier and an active-duty captain teamed with two civilians to win an Olympic bronze medal in four-man bobsleigh for Team USA at the Sanki Sliding Center.

02/21/2014

Hagel Given Assurances Ukraine Military Will Not Deploy Against Protesters      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been assured by his Ukrainian counterpart that the country's military will not be used against anti-government protesters.

02/21/2014

Obama to Award Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during a White House ceremony March 18, recognizing their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

02/21/2014

USDA, U.S. Special Operations Support Military Families      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Special Operations Command have agreed to increase support services for military families in areas such as personal financial management, health and nutrition, child care and youth empowerment.

02/21/2014

Battaglia Lauds Army Basic Training Graduates  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has welcomed the newest group of Army basic combat training graduates, saying they will continue to maintain the U.S. military’s strong presence around the world.

02/21/2014

Face of Defense: New Marine Follows Father’s Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Marine Corps Pvt. Thomas J. Shevlin is following in the footsteps of his father, who is a retired Marine gunnery sergeant.

02/20/2014

Hagel Orders a Revamp of POW/MIA Effort      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an overhaul of the department’s POW/MIA accounting effort, with the goal of consolidating relevant department assets into a single organization with oversight of and accountability for the entire mission of accounting for missing personnel.

02/20/2014

U.S.-Afghan Agreement Remains a Priority      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials continue to press Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

02/20/2014

Hagel Urges Ukrainian Military to Stay Out of Unrest      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is deeply troubled by the escalating violence in Ukraine and has advocated that the country’s armed forces not to get involved in the uprising unfolding in Kiev.

02/20/2014

Spectrum Strategy Paves Way for New Technologies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department unveiled a strategy for addressing the ever-increasing demand for wireless spectrum to achieve national security goals.

02/20/2014

DOD-funded Technology Lets Muscles Control Prosthetic Hand  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Marine who lost his right hand in Afghanistan is testing new technology that could change everything in the years ahead for those who lose limbs.

02/20/2014

Face of Defense: NCO Saves Lives With First-responder Skills  This story contains photos.    

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shane Buss used his first-responder skills while on leave Jan. 29 to aid in rescuing two people after their truck crashed in Bracketville, Texas.

02/19/2014

Vice President’s Wife Urges Support for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined former president George W. Bush at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to discuss ways to support transitioning service members and their families.

02/19/2014

DOD Official Meets With International Partners in Singapore  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, met with U.S. partners and defense industry officials at the Singapore Airshow, where for the first time, the United States was designated the “feature country.”

02/19/2014

Face of Defense: Georgia Native Lives Dream as Marine Pilot  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Marine Corps 1st. Lt. William E. Wiggins is living his dream as a KC-130J Super Hercules pilot based in Okinawa, Japan.

02/18/2014

Face of Defense: Kenyan Actor Serves Adopted Country  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Growing up in his native Kenya has helped airman first class Kevin Yator navigate basic training in the Air Force.

02/18/2014

TRICARE For Life Begins Notifications for Pharmacy Pilot Program      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - TRICARE For Life beneficiaries soon will receive letters guiding them to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions.

02/18/2014

Former Soldier Wins Olympic Bobsled Bronze Medal  This story contains photos.    

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb and Team USA civilian brakeman Steve Langton have become the first U.S. athletes in 62 years to win a two-man bobsled Olympic medal.

02/18/2014

DOD Opens Public Voting for Videos Discouraging Tobacco Use      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has opened voting to the public for a tobacco countermarketing video competition called “Fight the Enemy.”

02/17/2014

DOD Works with NBA to Improve Troops’ Transition Assistance  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - As the Defense Department looks for ways to ease the difficult process of transitioning from service member to civilian, it’s also seeking out companies in the private sector who can help lead the way in training and hiring veterans, said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

02/15/2014

Army Coach Leads Team USA to More Olympic Medals  This story contains photos.    

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and Team USA Olympic skeleton coach Sgt. 1st Class Tuffy Latour received a whole lot of love from his skeleton athletes on Valentine's Night at Sanki Sliding Centre.

02/15/2014

NBA Honors Troops During All-Star Weekend  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, joined about 2,500 service members, veterans and their families at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the troops were honored guests at the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice.

02/14/2014

DOD Spokesman: Released Detainees Rejoin Fight at Own Peril      

WASHINGTON - If the detainees the Afghan government released over NATO objections rejoin the fight, “they do so at their own peril,” Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a news conference.

02/14/2014

Hagel Signs Memos Laying Out Scope of Nuke Review Panels      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has signed memos for reviews of the military’s nuclear enterprise, and those will proceed apace, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

02/14/2014

DARPA Helps Cadets, Midshipmen Prep for Cyber Mission      

WASHINGTON - More than 50 cadets and midshipmen from three service academies trained to compete in a pilot program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

02/14/2014

Sea Service Chiefs Examine Future of Maritime Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The chiefs of the sea services discussed the future of the military at sea, including their visions and concerns amid budget constraints, during the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association West Conference in San Diego.

02/14/2014

Wing Ends Antarctic Season With Airlift Missions  This story contains photos.    

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. - The New York Air National Guard will cap five months of support of Antarctic research by flying staff and tons of cargo, from the McMurdo Station base to New Zealand.

02/14/2014

Military Training Helps Soldier-athletes Conquer Luge Challenges  This story contains photos.    

SOCHI, Russia - When racing blindly down the mountain at 80 miles per hour, trust and teamwork are crucial for two soldier-athletes who attribute their resilience in the sport of luge to military training.

02/14/2014

Alaska-based Paratroopers Head to Thailand for Cobra Gold  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Paratroopers from U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are preparing to take part in exercise Cobra Gold 2014.

02/14/2014

Guard Helps Local Authorities in Storm-stricken States  This story contains photos.    

GAFFNEY, S.C. - The mammoth winter storm that barreled through eastern states this week has been keeping about 3,000 National Guard members busy in nine states and the District of Columbia.

02/14/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Embraces Committed, Engaged Leadership  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR-GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif - Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan-Michael Daffin teaches Marines the techniques and core values of Martial Arts along with leadership principles.

02/14/2014

As Storm Moves Northeast, National Guard Responds  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Nearly three thousand National Guardsmen across nine states and the District of Columbia have spent much of this week helping people along the East Coast recover from a brutal winter storm.

02/13/2014

Chief of Naval Operations Stresses Integrity to All Sailors      

WASHINGTON - The Navy will continue to work to ensure that ethical behavior is paramount in the service, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, said.

02/13/2014

Officials Detail East Coast Storm’s Effects on DOD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials compiled a summary of the effects a winter storm battering the East Coast is having on the Defense Department.

02/13/2014

White House Announces Voluntary Cybersecurity Framework      

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration released a cybersecurity guide developed by hundreds of companies, several federal agencies and many international contributors for organizations in the business of running the nation’s critical infrastructure.

02/13/2014

Cape Ray Arrives in Spain to Await Syrian Chemical Mission      

WASHINGTON - The container ship M/V Cape Ray arrived at Rota, Spain, en route to aid the removal of Syrian chemical weapons materials, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

02/13/2014

Health Security Effort to Boost Global Disease Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top administration officials are joining representatives from federal agencies and 26 nations to launch an international effort that will help to boost the global capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

02/13/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Aviator Receives British Honor  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - A UH-1Y Venom helicopter pilot received the British Distinguished Flying Cross at the British Embassy in Washington.

02/12/2014

Air Force Secretary Outlines Plan to Address ‘Systemic Problems’      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has discussed her recent visit with airmen across the ICBM community following revelations that some have cheated on proficiency tests.

02/12/2014

Brain Injury Center Releases Care Guidance for Concussions      

SILVER SPRING, Md. - While treatment for moderate to severe brain injuries has long been studied, mild cases, or concussions, have only recently been recognized as requiring standard care.

02/12/2014

Army Family Member Wins Team Figure Skating Bronze  This story contains photos.    

SOCHI, Russia - Before receiving a bronze medal in the inaugural Olympic team figure skating event, Ashley Wagner said her experience of more than 20 years as an Army family member helped to strengthen her skating.

02/12/2014

DOD Official Reports on Security Clearance Process      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has taken several initiatives to control security clearances following last September's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

02/12/2014

McRaven: People, Technology, Partners are Socom Priorities      

WASHINGTON - At U.S. Special Operations Command, taking care of special operators and their families, using technology to increase the safety of exacting special ops, and expanding partnerships of all kinds worldwide are priorities, the Socom commander said.

02/12/2014

Special Ops Forces in Transition, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Like the rest of the Defense Department, the special operations community is in transition, and officials are working on how best to shape the force for the future, a senior Pentagon official said.

02/12/2014

Guard Units Prepare for Possible Widespread Storm Operations  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard personnel from Alabama through Pennsylvania and the Northeast were gearing up for duty due to predicted ice and snow storms.

02/12/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Recalls His Early Life in Cuba  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Poverty can be tragic, but sometimes there are greater injustices one must endure. A member of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band knows that firsthand.

02/12/2014

Military Power Aids Diplomacy, Defense Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Military power can be a critical part of diplomacy and the true test of influence in compelling action without use of force, a senior Pentagon official said.

02/12/2014

Hagel Congratulates Tunisia’s New Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Tunisia’s new defense minister to congratulate him on his appointment, and to stress United States support and partnership with Tunisia.

02/11/2014

Unknown WWII U.S. Soldier Receives France’s Highest Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and French President Francois Hollande paid tribute to an unknown soldier killed during the second World War whose remains are buried at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns.

02/11/2014

Fox Discusses Posture, Threats in Asia-Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine H. Fox warned against assuming a permissive environment for U.S. naval air or sea assets, saying threats continue to grow, while addressing attendees at a defense industry conference.

02/11/2014

Intelligence Leaders Detail Global Threats to Senate Panel      

WASHINGTON - Global threats most critical to the United States include Syria’s civil war, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and deep cuts to America’s defense budget.

02/11/2014

DOD Official: U.S. Will Not Allow Iran to Acquire Nuclear Weapon      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official told Congress the United States will not allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon, and that if Tehran decided to use nuclear talks as a cover for developing one, Washington would be able to detect it.

02/11/2014

DOD to Mandate Documentation for Lost, Stolen CAC Cards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards.

02/11/2014

Locklear Kicks Off 33rd Cobra Gold Exercise in Thailand  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, kicked off the 33rd iteration of Exercise Cobra Gold, a multinational exercise designed to advance regional security and provide effective response to regional crises in the Asia-Pacific region.

02/11/2014

Face of Defense: Hard Work Earns Recognition for Marine Cook  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Infantry Marines stationed at Patrol Base Boldak with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, have few luxuries while patrolling Afghanistan’s Helmand province. But one luxury they do have is a warm, satisfying meal three times a day, thanks to Marine Corps Sgt. Marcus Myers.

02/11/2014

Acting Deputy Secretary Visits Troops, Observes Training  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox, the highest-ranking female official ever to serve in the Defense Department, visited with soldiers and sailors on her first such trip since taking office.

02/10/2014

Women’s Mentorship Program Empowers Service Members      

WASHINGTON - The Women’s Mentorship Network hosted a membership drive at Fort Hood, Texas, to broaden participation and send out updates for future meetings.

02/10/2014

First Lady: 100 Companies to Hire 100,000 Vets Over 5 Years      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama announced that more than 100 construction industry companies have committed to hiring more than 100,000 military veterans over the next five years.

02/10/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Trains With Unmanned Aerial Vehicles  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Sgt. Cynthia Zermeno participated in an unmanned aerial vehicle course at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

02/09/2014

Soldiers See Russian History at Sochi Opening Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

SOCHI, Russia - Ten soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program are in Sochi for the XXII Olympic Winter Games, and WCAP bobsled driver Sgt. Nick Cunningham was among those smiling and waving to 40,000 spectators in the stadium and a worldwide television audience during the opening ceremony.

02/09/2014

Chairman Promises Vigorous Military Ethics Campaign      

WASHINGTON - Recent lapses in military ethics have Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s full attention, and he promises a military campaign to reinvigorate the profession of arms.

02/08/2014

Hagel, Foreign Minister Discuss U.S.-Japan Alliance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met at the Pentagon to discuss ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation.

02/07/2014

Balance Key to Fiscal 2015 Budget Reductions, Hagel Says      

WASHINGTON - Balance is the key to handling budget reductions for the next fiscal year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a Pentagon news conference in which he noted that the major parts of the budget fund readiness, modernization and capabilities.

02/07/2014

U.S. Continues to Plan for Post-2014 Afghan Mission, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States continues to plan for a post-2014 military mission in Afghanistan, despite the fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to delay the signing of an agreement that would allow for it.

02/07/2014

Hagel Will Appoint Senior Officer to Guide Ethics Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his intention to appoint a senior general officer to oversee the effort to strengthen ethical behavior in the Defense Department.

02/07/2014

Obama Nominates Work as Next Deputy Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated retired Marine Corps Col. Robert O. Work as the next deputy secretary of defense.

02/07/2014

Officials Warn of Website Scam Targeting Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is warning about a new website scam in which criminals are attempting to take advantage of soldiers and their families.

02/07/2014

Face of Defense: Band Member Entertains at Home, Defends Abroad  This story contains photos.    

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Tracy Martinez is responsible for much more than turning the spirit of the Marine Corps into music. He is a professional warrior first.

02/06/2014

Hagel Recognizes Marines, DOD Agencies for Audit Progress      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has lauded the Marine Corps and nine other defense agencies for making progress toward a "clean" audit of their accounting.

02/06/2014

DODEA Students’ Participation in Advanced Placement Exams Grows      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Department of Defense Education Activity students took nearly 100 more Advanced Placement exams in the 2012-13 school year than they did in the previous year.

02/06/2014

Locklear: U.S. Must Remain ‘Out and About’ to Succeed in Pacific      

WASHINGTON - The key to succeeding in the Asia-Pacific region is to be there, said Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

02/06/2014

Technology Helps VA Disability Claim Decisions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense and Veterans Affairs initiative has produced technology to help VA expedite disability claims.

02/06/2014

DOD Hosts Annual Pentagon Information Technology Shadow Day      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department CIOTeri Takai urged high school students participating in an Information Technology Job Shadow Day to consider a future working for the department.

02/06/2014

Afghanistan Counternarcotics Efforts Continue, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department believes the $2 billion counternarcotics effort in Afghanistan has produced concrete results, a senior department official cautioned a House panel that the gains are not yet irreversible.

02/06/2014

DARPA Official: Human-Robot Teams Key to Disaster Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DARPA is advancing the science of robot-human teams that can be deployed to respond to natural disasters and other events deemed too dangerous for first responders.

02/06/2014

DOD Electronic Health Records Help VA Disability Claims      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims.

02/06/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Recalls Long Road to Guard Service  This story contains photos.    

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Wilson Ugah, who grew up in Nigeria, was determined to claim his birthright as an American citizen and join the U.S. military.

02/06/2014

Defense Leaders Reaffirm U.S.-South Korean Alliance      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin reaffirmed the strength of their nations’ alliance and agreed that close consultation and coordination are pivotal in promoting unity and readiness in all areas.

02/05/2014

Press Secretary: Ethical Lapses Have Hagel’s Full Attention      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is concerned that systemic issues may be threatening the health of the force following allegations of cheating on proficiency tests among Air Force and Navy personnel.

02/05/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Shares Combat Experience With Students  This story contains photos.    

CAMP JACKSON, South Korea - A combat veteran who earned the Purple Heart in Iraq is teaching a new generation of U.S. and South Korean noncommissioned officers in Korea.

02/04/2014

Navy Probes Cheating Allegations at Nuke Reactor School  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 30 watch-standers at the Navy’s Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit in South Carolina are being investigated for alleged cheating on a qualification exam, the chief of naval operations told reporters at the Pentagon.

02/04/2014

New Astronaut Class Visits Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NASA’s new class of astronauts has six serving military officers. The group visited the Pentagon and met with Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/04/2014

VA Launches Online Tool to Calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and their families to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

02/04/2014

Nation Faces Many Threats, Intelligence Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Never in his more than 50 years of intelligence experience has the nation faced more crises and threats than it does now, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told Congress.

02/04/2014

Defense Leaders Meet With President on Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other defense leaders to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

02/04/2014

Labor Department Awards Grants for Homeless Vet Reintegration      

WASHINGTON - The Labor Department has awarded two grants totaling $900,000 to fund services provided by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced.

02/04/2014

Face of Defense: Father, Son Team Up for Exercise Airdrop  This story contains photos.    

GRAYLING, Mich. - A father and son serving with the Illinois Air National Guard had a chance to team up for an airdrop mission during Exercise Northern Strike.

02/03/2014

U.S., Italy Sign Training Agreement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and Italy’s defense ministry signed an agreement at the Pentagon promoting joint training and education for peacekeeping operations.

02/03/2014

Hagel Calls ICBM Officers  This story contains photos.    

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with six officers currently pulling alert duty in three of the 341st Missile Wing's ICBM launch control centers, and expressed his confidence in the officers’ ability to carry out the nuclear deterrence mission, according to DOD officials.

02/03/2014

Face of Defense: U.S. Marine Earns Kudos in Romania  This story contains photos.    

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Romania-deployed Marine Corps Sgt. Brent Wars has received many accolades for his hard work as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force.

02/03/2014

First Lady, Dr. Biden Honor Troops in Super Bowl Message      

WASHINGTON - In a video public service message issued during the Super Bowl, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, saluted the contributions and sacrifices that service members, veterans, and their families have made to the nation and asked all Americans to continue to provide support through the Joining Forces campaign.

02/01/2014

Hagel Meets With Defense Leaders at Munich Conference      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - On the sidelines of the 50th Munich Security Conference in Germany, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with leaders from Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel, Georgia and India to discuss military relationships and common interests.

02/01/2014

Hagel: Future Requires Renewed Era of Partnership      

MUNICH - In a changing security and fiscal environment, the Defense Department will seek to collaborate more closely with European allies, especially to help build the capabilities of other global partners, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said this morning.

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