WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials have developed a "most wanted" list of terrorist organizations heavily involved in drug trafficking.
WASHINGTON - A new culture of community service has emerged in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, President Bush said July 30 at a White House ceremony marking the six-month anniversary of the USA Freedom Corps.
NEW ORLEANS - Two retired senior officers had plenty of great things to say here about service members as prospective employees.
WASHINGTON - Despite the successes to date in the war on terror, the al Qaeda terrorist network "has not lost its will to conceive, to plan and to execute terrorist operations worldwide," Army Gen. Tommy Franks told senators this afternoon.
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz visited with and thanked the members of the 113th Fighter Squadron here for their service in protecting the nation's capital since Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON - All military members who are legal resident aliens can now apply for citizenship without a mandatory wait period.
SUFFOLK, Va. - "Nostradamus couldn't have nailed the first battle of the next war any closer than we did," Dave Ozolek, assistant director of the then-Joint Experimentation Directorate, said here.
NEW ORLEANS - Transition assistance programs do a lot more than help service members make a successful departure from the military. A top DoD personnel expert called such programs good for recruiting and retention and for U.S. economic well-being.
WASHINGON - The Department of Defense could incorporate itself under the title "Plans R Us."
WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq has chemical and biological weapons and is seeking to develop nuclear capabilities, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said July 30.
WASHINGTON - Less than a year after a hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon, the first tenants of the destroyed area will move back in, Defense officials said.
WASHINGTON - "The fullest possible accounting is our solemn pledge -- however long it takes, wherever it takes us, whatever the cost," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told families of U.S. service members missing from the Korean and Cold Wars July 26 in Arlington, Va.
WASHINGTON - Five service members were wounded over the weekend in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan, according to U.S. Central Command officials.
WASHINGTON - All in all, the regional security situation in Afghanistan is going very well, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a recent interview with the Washington Times newspaper.
SUFFOLK, Va. - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld got a glimpse of how the military of tomorrow will work during a tour of the Millennium Challenge 2002 experiment here today.
WASHINGTON - With a plastic card and a few keystrokes an Army infantryman today showed how DoD is injecting "cutting edge" technology to improve security across its computerized communications systems.
WASHINGTON - The deadline is Aug. 30 for the 17,000 chosen service members to return surveys on what they paid overseas for housing utilities and maintenance.
WASHINGTON - "America needs a group of dedicated professionals who wake up each morning with the overriding duty of protecting the American people," President Bush said today at the White House.
CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - When Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles "Chuck" Wald talks about the C-17 Globemaster III transport, he can't help talking about the other services.
WASHINGTON - After ten months in the war against terror, the United States has a great deal to show for its efforts, President Bush said today at the White House.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The only man charged in connection with the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington will stand trial.
WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia are moving toward dramatically reducing their nuclear arsenals and clearing the way for a new relationship, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Capitol Hill today.
WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard Cheney and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi presented medals to 25 Korean War veterans today as part of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
WASHINGTON - Artists, architects, sculptors and students from 43 states, a dozen prestigious academic institutions and two dozen countries are interested in designing the Pentagon Memorial.
WASHINGTON - American troops will temporarily provide Afghan President Hamid Karzai's personal security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said July 22.
WASHINGTON - The federal government is providing $10.3 million in grants to help nonprofit and public organizations involve citizen volunteers in homeland security.
WASHINGTON - DoD retains access to valuable radio bandwidth needed for national security although the government gave up a segment July 23 to facilitate growth in the U.S. telecommunications industry.
WASHINGTON - U.S. troops on patrol in Afghanistan have uncovered more hidden weapons, senior DoD officials said here today.
WASHINGTON - The first battalion of the Afghan National Army graduated from training today at the Afghan Military Academy.
WASHINGTON - One of the first offers detainees receive at Camp Delta, on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is to send a postcard to family and friends to let them know where they are and that they're safe.
WASHINGTON - Decked in what resembled a black wetsuit and a vest with lots of pockets and pouches, Army Sgt. Joseph Patterson was doing his part to ensure America's men and women in uniform remain the best-equipped fighting force in the world.
WASHINGTON - Anyone in DoD who would leak classified information to the press is so "outrageously irresponsible" that an investigation to find that person is worth the cost, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said July 22.
WASHINGTON - Nine months into the global war on terror, the nation remains closer to the beginning than to the end, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - President Bush praised U.S. scientists today for their work in protecting America.
WASHINGTON - The Commander-in-Chief today praised 10th Mountain Division soldiers some of whom had battled al Qaeda and Taliban troops in Afghanistan during a visit to the unit's Fort Drum headquarters in Watertown, N.Y.
WASHINGTON - Navy Dr. (Lt.) Sandra A. Schaffranek had a bit of the jitters when she arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, about three months ago to treat detainees at Camp Delta. It didn't take long for the nervousness to subside.
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush has nominated the Marine Corp's senior officer to take over the reins of the U.S. military's top two European commands.
WASHINGTON - An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II dropped a 500-pound bomb as a show of force in the province of Nangarhar in Afghanistan, Combined Joint Task Force 180 officials said.
WASHINGTON - A report to Congress detailing the military power of the People's Republic of China is filled with words and phrases like "approximately," "roughly," "likely" and "is believed to be."
WASHINGTON - The House Armed Services Committee has passed a portion of the Fiscal 2003 Defense Authorization Bill that had been separated from the main bill, House staffers said.
WASHINGTON - "No more mystery meat. No more no-name casseroles," vowed Gerry Darsch. "What we've got are traditional, familiar foods, identifiable by the war fighter."
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department wants private contractors or utility companies to assume ownership of 1,500 aged water, gas and electric systems at hundreds of military installations across the country.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation will implement a new capabilities-based approach to the program and budget process.
WASHINGTON - Adrian Cronauer, loosely portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie "Good Morning, Vietnam," recently returned where he made that greeting famous as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War.
WASHINGTON - Combat is the wrong place to find out your theories of warfare don't work.
WASHINGTON - Eleven DoD military and civilian women are among the 30 winners to be honored here July 19 at the second annual Women of Color Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition troops continue the painstaking process of searching eastern Afghanistan for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, Combined Joint Task Force 180 officials said July 18.
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of active duty soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., are training up before they deploy to Oregon next week to help firefighters contain blazes in that Pacific Northwest state.
WASHINGTON - Ask a Special Forces soldier what he'll remember most about the war in Afghanistan and he'll probably tell you, "the people."
WASHINGTON - I remember our meeting nearly 20 years ago as if it were yesterday. The then-retired three-star had insisted that we meet at my office, despite my deference and offer that we meet at a place convenient to him. But my location was fine for him -- next door to where he regularly shopped at the commissary at then- Cameron Station, Alexandria, Va.
WASHINGTON - "The Taliban was our greatest threat, but the weather was our greatest challenge and hazard," an Army helicopter pilot told reporters at the Pentagon today.
WASHINGTON - The Moscow Treaty that calls for the United States and Russia to cut offensive nuclear weapons signifies a new way of the former enemies to do business, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
WASHINGTON - Friends, family, military and retired military members gathered today to pay tribute and to lay to rest an Air Force pioneer.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz today salutes Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic, as a model for the future.
WASHINGTON - The American people will eventually see John Walker Lindh's deal with federal prosecutors as an appropriate outcome, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here July 15.
WASHINGTON - Violence in northern Afghanistan is beginning to cause serious problems, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said during a July 15 visit to Mazar-e Sharif.
WASHINGTON - President Bush today noted the need for debate on the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and thanked legislators who are examining his proposed plan.
WASHINGTON - Military and civilian personnel who leak classified data are putting national security at risk and the practice must stop, said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a memo to all members of the department.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored two private citizens today for their bravery during the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.
WASHINGTON - Turkey has been a staunch ally of the United States in war and peace, but its greatest contribution may be the example it sets, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey.
WASHINGTON - Almost immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, citizens across the nation and overseas consoled survivors and pledged their support for the war against terrorism through colorful artwork: quilting.
WASHINGTON - As part of his plea bargain signed early today, American Taliban John Walker Lindh has agreed to cooperate with U.S. military officials to combat al Qaeda terrorists.
WASHINGTON - What better way to learn more about what troops think than to ask? The Defense Department this month started a survey program to do just that.
WASHINGTON - The topic of Iraq is likely to come up during Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz's trip Sunday to Turkey and Afghanistan, a senior DoD official said here today.
WASHINGTON - What dangers loom in the days ahead? How might future adversaries attack the United States?
WASHINGTON - America's war on global terrorism will go broke if $14 billion in fiscal 2002 budget supplemental money earmarked for DoD isn't approved by Congress soon, the department's senior money manager said here today.
WASHINGTON - Defense secretaries come and go, but the unofficial "Mayor of the Pentagon" was always there. David O. Cooke, known by his initials as 'Doc,' was an institution.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Special Forces training compound near Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, came under fire last night, but there were no reported casualties, according to U.S. Central Command officials.
WASHINGTON - "It took 225 years to get a chief of chaplains that has my paint job," said Chaplain (Rear Adm.) Barry C. Black, a Seventh-day Adventist.
WASHINGTON - Since the beginning of Operation Enduring freedom, the U.S. military has sent more than 158,000 people and 228,500 tons of cargo into and out of the Central Command area of operations. And the men and women of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., made it all happen.
WASHINGTON - Now is the time, DoD's senior transformation official emphasized, for the U.S. military to make dramatic changes to keep its edge over anticipated future opponents.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department welcomes the creation of a Homeland Security Department "as a partner that can bring together critical functions in a new and needed way," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Capitol Hill today.
WASHINGTON - DoD has sent a report to Congress with several recommended amendments to the controversial Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.
WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department proposed by President Bush would have nearly 170,000 employees and a budget of more than $37 billion, double what the government spent in the previous fiscal year, Gov. Tom Ridge said today.
WASHINGTON - The al Qaeda terrorist network isn't like a snake that you can kill by cutting off its head. Rather, it's like a disease that has infected a healthy body "and you've got to fight all of the various different sources of infection," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said during a July 9 television interview.
WASHINGTON - "Public service in America today is not just another job. It is an important act of citizenship," President Bush said today.
WASHINGTON - Tech. Sgt. Brian K. Williams' "Pilot for a Day" at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., wins the $10,000 top prize in the 3rd annual Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence competition.
WASHINGTON - Winning the war on terrorism and protecting the American homeland require a sustained national commitment, according to President Bush.
WASHINGTON - Air Force women deployed to the Middle East a decade ago faced unique health and emotional challenges as they successfully performed their missions during the Persian Gulf War, a military researcher noted.
WASHINGTON - Elizabeth A. Barnes of Hampton Roads, Va., is using her needlework skills to memorialize terrorism's victims.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told a national radio audience recently that U.S. troops will stay in Bosnia and that a new regime in Iraq minus Saddam Hussein would be good for the world.
WASHINGTON - Forty years ago, Army Capt. Humbert Roque 'Rocky' Versace wanted to become a priest and work with Vietnamese orphans. He'd been accepted into a seminary, but his dream was not to be fulfilled.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces unearthed another arms cache in Afghanistan while investigators wrapped up a preliminary probe into the alleged July 1 friendly fire accident in Oruzgan Province.
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - "I feel right at home here," said Chaplain (Maj.) Michael S. Merrill at the Camp Delta detention center.
WASHINGTON - Security is at unprecedented levels for Fourth of July celebrations all around the country, and nowhere is it so apparent as the national celebration in Washington, D.C. Still, people should try to enjoy the holiday, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said.
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - "The hotter the food, the better they like it." But Navy mess specialist Chief Petty Officer Colleen M. Schonhoff said preparing tasty, nutritious, spicy hot food for the Muslim detainees here at Camp Delta isn't her major concern.
WASHINGTON - Upcoming improvements to the Thrift Savings Plan for both military and federal civilian employees will make the program easier to use.
WASHINGTON - "The American eagle is sleek, fast and powerful," a top Pentagon official said here today. "So is the American-made Corvette."
WASHINGTON - A team of American and Afghan investigators has arrived at the site of an alleged friendly fire accident in Oruzgan Province.
WASHINGTON - More than 100 commercial and military photographers will chronicle DoD personnel on duty stateside and overseas Oct. 7, 2002 to tell the U.S. Armed Forces' story in pictures.
WASHINGTON - U.S. troops will continue performing U.N. peacekeeping missions in Bosnia despite senior DoD officials' concerns about the lack of legal protections for American troops under the recently established International Criminal Court.
WASHINGTON - Virginians soon will be able to sport vehicle license plates bearing a Pentagon-shaped logo and the words "Fight Terrorism" emblazoned in red letters in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America.
WASHINGTON - A U.S.-coalition team today began investigating the incident surrounding a military air operation conducted in southern Afghanistan Sunday and Monday, senior Pentagon officials said here today.
WASHINGTON - Despite success in Afghanistan, the battle against global terrorism goes far beyond the historically war-torn land in Central Asia, according to two top U.S. officials.
WASHINGTON - The United States must do what is right to defend freedom for all people, President Bush said today in Cleveland.
WASHINGTON - Americans should remain vigilant, but go ahead with their plans to celebrate Independence Day, the Fourth of July, according to top U.S. government officials.
WASHINGTON - Some DoD civilian employees in the reserve components who are called to active duty will see Uncle Sam pick up their Federal Employee Health Benefits Program premiums.
WASHINGTON - Service members and DoD civilians are eligible to rent condominiums in certain resorts around the world as part of a vacation club arrangement between the Army and a civilian corporation.
WASHINGTON - Military members, federal employees, and their spouses, have a six-month window starting today to take advantage of a streamlined application process for the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program.
FORT LEE, Va. - When it comes to grilling, most of us think of steaks, chops, chicken or ribs. But you're missing out on some of the best eating of the season if you fail to include fresh vegetables grilled right alongside your main dish.
WASHINGTON - A rule change announced in June allows inurnments with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery for individuals who served America in World Wars I and II in ways other than the traditional military services.
WASHINGTON - Two popular Armed Forces Recreation Center destinations are being expanded and improved for Defense Department vacationers.
WASHINGTON - An unknown number of Afghan civilians reportedly are casualties following a coalition air patrol's response to hostile ground fire in Oruzgan Province north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
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