WASHINGTON - The United States would like to capture Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda terrorist network's leader and financier, "but the problem is much bigger than any one person," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said June 27.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced today they are restarting a modified Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program now that the vaccine provider has passed Food and Drug Administration scrutiny.
WASHINGTON - A coalition investigation board has blamed two U.S. F-16 fighter pilots, and others in their chain of command, for the April 17 friendly fire incident that killed four Canadian soldiers and injured eight.
WASHINGTON - For the first time since Vietnam, the United States is at war during Independence Day.
WASHINGTON - If the men who signed the Declaration of Independence could see America today, they'd probably be astonished.
WASHINGTON - The Central Asian countries have been dependable allies in the war against global terrorism, said J.D. Crouch II, assistant defense secretary for international security policy.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is moving aggressively to tighten up oversight of issued purchase and travel cards, DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim said today.
WASHINGTON - Travel expenses incurred while seeking specialty care are reimbursable in certain circumstances under new TRICARE rules.
WASHINGTON - At a critical moment during the Revolutionary War, when his army was surrounded and in danger of being destroyed, General Washington issued this order: "Put only Americans on guard tonight." Washington knew, at that moment of crisis, he could rely on those citizen-soldiers—volunteers who had left behind their families and farms to risk everything for the cause of freedom.
WASHINGTON - It's not often that the entire House of Representatives agrees on one thing. Yet they all agree that the men and women of America's armed forces deserve the nation's thanks.
WASHINGTON - When our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, they mutually pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to each other and to the world.
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - "Coming Up!" the Coast Guardsman yells, to warn his crew. He's about to push the throttle on his 25-foot Boston whaler's twin 175-horsepower outboard engines.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi air defense weapons fired 10 times on coalition planes enforcing the northern no-fly zone over the past couple of days. The coalition responded this morning by dropping precision-guided munitions on elements of an Iraqi integrated air defense system, the U.S. military's senior officer said in the Pentagon today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will proceed with the merger of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today.
WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations troops' current mission of training Philippine military forces ends July 31, but further U.S. involvement under different parameters is likely after that, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - On Sept. 11, actor Michael Nouri and the cast of the musical "South Pacific" witnessed the horror of the World Trade Center attack. The veteran actor of Broadway, movies and television, decided he had to do something to help.
WASHINGTON - Success in Afghanistan does not mean victory in the war against terrorism, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz said today.
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - When Army Staff Sgt. Ted R. Rogers walks through the gate at Camp Delta here, he doesn't dwell on the fact that some of the captured enemy combatants would kill him if they got a chance.
WASHINGTON - These days, students at DoD's medical school are very attentive during courses about weapons of mass destruction, say senior officials at the facility in Bethesda, Md.
WASHINGTON - The United States is as vulnerable to ballistic missile attacks today as it was in the early 1950s, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish.
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces returned fire after coming under rocket attack yesterday in Afghanistan, Air Force Brig. Gen. John A. Rosa said today at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - The flags at the Defense Department were lowered to half-staff today in honor of the man many called the Mayor of the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations troops in Afghanistan yesterday reported enemy rocket fire near their positions around the town of Khowst, U.S. officials said.
WASHINGTON - Italy today officially signed on as a partner to develop the Joint Strike Fighter.
WASHINGTON - President Bush said that his proposed Homeland Security Department would help the government focus resources to protect the nation and allow existing agencies to be more responsive.
WASHINGTON - The theme for NATO's November summit in Prague, Czech Republic, will be "new capabilities, new members and new relationships," said Ian Brzezinski, deputy assistant defense secretary for NATO and European Affairs.
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Joint Task Force 160's primary mission is taking care of captured enemy combatants from the war on terrorism, but the outfit's commander emphasizes that the safety and security of his people is as important -- or more so.
WASHINGTON - The Philippine military is reporting today it killed a major leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and two henchmen today in a pre-dawn attack at sea.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld praised the broad coalition supporting the war on terrorism and said the new relationships forged in this war will help protect peace in the future.
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Strong winds churned up white caps across Guantanamo Bay June 18 as an Air Force Reserve C-141 Starlifter streamed in for a landing carrying 28 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban members headed for in-processing and detention at Camp Delta here.
WASHINGTON - Preventing future terrorist attacks will be the No. 1 priority of the new Department of Homeland Security proposed by President Bush.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Army National Guard Col. Willie Davenport believed until the day he died that determined and promising young athletes should have the same chances he had to fulfill their Olympic dreams.
WASHINGTON - Veterans and service members can now find the Gulf War research-related medical information they want on one central Web site, http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/medsearch/.
WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces may soon join Philippine soldiers "in the weeds" to observe and assess operations to root out Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the island nation.
WASHINGTON - U.S. special operators came under small-arms fire in two incidents in Afghanistan June 18, Pentagon officials said.
WASHINGTON - President Bush reaffirmed in a speech here today that his most important jobs are to defend the homeland and protect Americans from terrorist killers.
WASHINGTON - Each American taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom in and around Afghanistan is combating terrorism in his or her own way. Their duties may vary, but their goal is the same: victory over evil.
WASHINGTON - Six DoD organizations received the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award in a Pentagon ceremony today.
WASHINGTON - So many countries have heightened their defenses that terrorism suspects are being arrested around the world, often without much fanfare, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - Portuguese Defense Minister Paulo Portas wanted Americans to know today his country stands firmly with them in the war against terrorism.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces' continued Operation Mountain Lion patrols in Afghanistan and have reaped "hundreds of thousands" of munitions in recent weeks, Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said today.
WASHINGTON - An ongoing DoD health study will ultimately examine health surveys submitted by 140,000 current and former service members across two decades.
ARLINGTON, Va. - The original concept was called "Rockets in a Box."
WASHINGTON - Hamid Karzai has been overwhelmingly elected as president of the Afghan Transitional Authority.
WASHINGTON - After visiting nine countries in 10 days, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes much of the rest of the world is listening when President Bush speaks about the risks of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Staff Sgt. Ernest Revell was in charge of keeping Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's plane safe at each of 10 stops on a whirlwind overseas tour. He cemented his own commitment to stay on the job by re-enlisting June 13 at 35,000 feet over Amman, Jordan.
WASHINGTON - "United We Stand, United We Sew" today loaned the Pentagon a 21-by-31-foot American flag made to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
MANAMA, Bahrain - "Scraps of intelligence" that Al Qaeda operatives may be in Kashmir are generally speculative and not verifiable or actionable, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in Pakistan today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Act of 2002 Wednesday to enhance the nation's ability to prevent, identify and respond to bioterrorism.
WASHINGTON - Three Americans died in the crash of an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft in Afghanistan, June 12.
WASHINGTON - Meg Falk, director of the Defense Department's Family Policy Office, says her leaders and her staff "conspired" to nominate her for a national award for her efforts in the wake of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE - Four military C- 130 Hercules have joined in the fight to help control wildfires in Colorado that have devastated 90,000 acres of the state southwest of Denver.
WASHINGTON - An Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft crashed on takeoff in southeast Afghanistan with 10 Americans aboard.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wrapped up his visit to India earlier today by praising Indian leaders for their concern and interest in resolving the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan "in an appropriate way."
WASHINGTON - One deployment after another. That's what duty is like for members of the 822nd Security Forces out of Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. Their job involves safeguarding U.S. forces in deployed locations.
WASHINGTON - New perspectives, new ideas and new energy are needed to combat global terrorism, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said here Wednesday during commencement ceremonies at the National Defense University.
WASHINGTON - The 495 U.S. military officers, civilians and international students who graduated today from the National Defense University here have forged a special bond, according to Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers.
NEW DELHI, India - The United States is more interested in extracting intelligence information than in prosecuting Jose Padilla, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - DoD officials announced a competition today to choose a design for a memorial to honor those killed in the Pentagon terror attack nine months ago.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today the capture of an al Qaeda terrorist highlights the dangers posed by the whole range of weapons of mass destruction.
NEW DELHI, India - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said this morning he sees "hopeful signs" that tensions are easing in the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.
WASHINGTON - If the Pentagon was a person, it might just be smiling right now as it wears a spanking new coat of bright limestone across its western wall.
WASHINGTON - Early Tuesday morning many daily commuters on Route 27 hit their brakes as they passed the site of last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Some even stopped. For the first time since then, the lights were on inside the reconstructed building.
MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today he has invited Kuwaiti government representatives to visit the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is now holding a terrorist who allegedly was plotting to build and detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the United States.
MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld summarily dismissed Iraq's June 9 statement that it doesn't have weapons of mass destruction and isn't developing them.
MANAMA, Bahrain - "It is still a tense situation" in the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said this morning shortly before departing Kuwait.
MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. service members at the Naval Support Activity here this evening that they are combining "the latest technologies with the oldest virtues" -- courage, discipline, honor, integrity.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. troops serving here that the global war on terrorism may have begun in Afghanistan, but it won't end there.
TALLINN, Estonia - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met here today with the defense ministers from the Nordic and Baltic nations to discuss security cooperation in the region, the war on terrorism and the Baltic states' NATO aspirations.
TALLINN - Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, just off the plane from New Delhi said tensions between India and neighboring Pakistan have eased somewhat.
TALLINN, Estonia - The U.S. Defense Department found out about the Philippine hostage rescue when the rest of the world did, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said.
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld stopped briefly at this NATO air base to thank international airmen that flew missions over the United States for several months after Sept. 11.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said here today there was no U.S. involvement in the hostage rescue in the Philippines.
WASHINGTON - Although not completely successful, today's attempt by Philippine commandos to rescue an American missionary couple and a Philippine woman held captive by terrorists has bolstered U.S.-Philippine determination to defeat the terrorists, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush will ask Congress to create the Department of Homeland Security, a new cabinet position the sole mission of which is to protect the American homeland.
WASHINGTON - Operation Mountain Lion continues in the mountains of southeastern Afghanistan, said Defense Department officials.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO Secretary-General George Robertson told alliance defense ministers today that the Sept. 11 attacks in America make clear the continuing needs for defense and military preparedness.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense against weapons of mass destruction and a review of the NATO command structure topped the docket here today during meetings of defense leaders from NATO countries.
KABUL, Afghanistan - English. Dari. Pashtu.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his British counterpart, Minister of Defence Geoffrey Hoon, compared notes in London earlier today and agreed on the first step in resolving tensions between India and Pakistan.
WASHINGTON - East Asia's history of religious and ethnic tolerance can be a model for the Muslim world, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today at the Hoover Institute Symposium here.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Iraqi forces have resumed stepped-up attacks on U.S. and British fliers enforcing the northern and southern no-fly zones in that country, the British defense minister told American reporters today.
LONDON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived this morning in London on the first stop in a 10-day trip to several parts of the world.
WASHINGTON - The success of U.S. policy in the Philippines rests squarely on the shoulders of the "extraordinary capabilities of our young men and women" serving there, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today at the Hoover Institute Symposium here.
WASHINGTON - The first part of today's multiagency, bilateral air security exercise sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command is already a "go."
WASHINGTON - The United States must have "the best intelligence possible" in the war against the "shadowy enemy" of terrorism, President Bush said June 3 in Little Rock, Ark.
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Family separations are routine in the military. Men and women in America's armed forces often have to bid a temporary farewell to spouses, fiancé(e)s, parents and children.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today shared his thoughts about the current military standoff between India and Pakistan shortly before departing on a trip to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia to check security ties and visit U.S. troops.
BASILAN ISLAND, Philippines - Basilan Island before: a lawless fiefdom of terrorist groups and thugs. One of the groups, Abu Sayyaf, is affiliated with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network.
WASHINGTON - American and allied Afghan military forces conducting a raid May 31 mistakenly fired on other friendly Afghan troops, killing two and wounding three, a U.S. military official reported from Afghanistan today.
BASILAN ISLAND, The Philippines - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz met with U.S. service members fighting the war on terrorism in a different, vital manner.
WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11 terrorist assaults have caused military health officials to step up research and strategies in protecting service members against potential biological attacks.
WASHINGTON - The war on terrorism and relations between India and Pakistan represent two hot topics on Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's agenda as he begins a trip tomorrow that will span Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, senior DoD officials said today.
SINGAPORE - The governments of Asia understand that terrorism is a threat to the well-being of the region. Getting their people to understand the threat is another story.
MANILA - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz met with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to discuss on-going counterterrorism training in her country.
WASHINGTON - President Bush today told graduates of U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2002 at West Point, N.Y., that America's war against terrorism is an unprecedented confrontation between good and evil.
SINGAPORE - The war on terrorism's effect in Asia, building bridges to moderate Muslims and the continued U.S. involvement in the Asia-Pacific region were highlights of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz's speech here June 1.
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