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01/31/2011

Air Defense Exercise Readies Fighters for Super Bowl Mission      

WASHINGTON - Military fighter jets will be busy this week preparing to protect the skies around Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, during Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6.

01/31/2011

Defense Employees Top $17 Million in CFC Donations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the second straight year, Defense Department employees donated or pledged more than $17 million in the Combined Federal Campaign, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

01/31/2011

Mullen: Egypt’s Military Promises to be Stabilizing Influence      

WASHINGTON - The situation in Egypt is volatile, but the Egyptian military is focusing on providing a stabilizing influence during this time of crisis, the top U.S. military officer said in a podcast for service members.

01/31/2011

Nonpartisan Group Teaches Vets How to Run for Office      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit group is teaching veterans the political ropes such as how to start and finance a campaign, in the hopes of having more elected representatives with military experience.

01/31/2011

Report on Reserve Component’s Future Coming Soon      

WASHINGTON - The future of the Defense Department’s reserve component is the topic of a review due this week, a senior defense official said, noting that "ideas about the reserve component have changed very, very significantly.”

01/31/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition killed numerous insurgents and detained several others in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

01/31/2011

Face of Defense: Surgeon Tops Personal Best in Marathon  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Maj. (Dr.) Patrick Smock ran his personal-best time during a 26.2-mile marathon in Afghanistan just hours before his brothers competed in a Miami race.

01/28/2011

'Don't Ask' Repeal Plan Progressing Quickly, Officials Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The plan to end the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military is progressing quickly, said senior Defense Department officials in the first of a series of briefings that will chart the department’s progress in repealing of the law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

01/28/2011

Kehler Succeeds Chilton as Strategic Command Chief      

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler as the new chief of U.S. Strategic Command during a change-of-command ceremony.

01/28/2011

Defense, Energy Experts Aid China’s Nuclear Security      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Energy departments are working under a government-to-government agreement signed with China to establish a regional center of excellence there for nuclear security, a Pentagon official said.

01/28/2011

ISAF, Karzai Condemn Kabul Suicide Attack      

WASHINGTON - NATO officials have joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning a suicide-bomb attack that killed several civilians in the country’s capital of Kabul.

01/28/2011

Face of Defense: Chaplain Shines as Beacon of Faith  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Chaplain (Maj.) Randal H. Robison joyfully dedicates himself to attending to his soldiers' spiritual needs as they accomplish their missions.

01/27/2011

Military ‘Bravest Families’ Join First Lady on Oprah Show  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two military families shared their stories – one of perseverance through deployment, one of recovering from a life-changing war injury - with the nation. The families, and the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, appeared along with First Lady Michelle Obama and journalists Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

01/27/2011

First Lady Pledges Support For Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama pledged her support for military families and praised their courage and “willingness to sacrifice without complaint" during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

01/27/2011

U.S., Canada Discuss Defense Cooperation      

OTTAWA, Canada - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Canadian National Defense Minister Peter MacKay discussed a range of bilateral military issues during meetings in Ottawa, Canada.

01/27/2011

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Fort Jackson  This story contains photos.    

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Jackson, S.C., to learn from Army leaders about how childhood obesity and physical inactivity affects military readiness, and what the Army does to combat these effects.

01/27/2011

Navy Energy Official Predicts Biofuels Success      

WASHINGTON - A senior Navy official criticized a major “think tank” for its outlook on the military's development of alternative fuel technologies in part because the report failed to link such advances to national security.

01/27/2011

Programs Aim to Support Military Spouses, Families      

WASHINGTON - A new whole-of-government approach will bring the federal government’s vast reach to help millions of service members and their families, said a senior Defense Department official.

01/27/2011

Marines in Afghanistan Test New Concussion Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new concussion care program being fielded by the Marine Corps is giving psychiatrists, chaplains and sergeants a better way to treat those with the battle injury.

01/27/2011

Mrs. Mullen Issues Call to Support Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Though various changes may affect how service members handle the nature of war, the stress and anxiety felt by their families never changes, said Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/27/2011

Dr. Biden Keeps National Guard in Mind  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Dr. Jill Biden invited the fiancée of an Army Guardsman to a White House event to unveil a whole-of-government plan to strengthen military family support.

01/27/2011

Coalition Airstrike Targets Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - A coalition airstrike targeting a Taliban leader killed two suspected insurgents in Afghanistan’s Zabul province’s Tarnek wa Jaldak district.

01/27/2011

Department United on Budget Needs, Gates Says      

OTTAWA, Canada - Civilian and military officials in the Defense Department are in agreement on the budget, and that bodes well for real fiscal change, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Ottawa, Canada.

01/27/2011

Gates: Congress Must Address ‘Crisis on My Doorstep’      

OTTAWA, Canada - The failure of Congress so far to pass the fiscal 2011 defense appropriations bill has become “the crisis on my doorstep,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

01/27/2011

Face of Defense: Sailor Serves With Marine Husband  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Most spouses of active duty military members endure the hardship of separation during a deployment, but one couple is serving together in the same overseas unit.

01/27/2011

Center Provides Advice on Post-deployment Intimacy Issues      

BETHESDA, Md. - The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress offers help to couples that experience intimacy issues when troops return home from deployments.

01/26/2011

Pentagon Spokesman Discusses China, North Korea      

WASHINGTON - While the jury is still out on China’s apparent fifth-generation J-20 stealth aircraft, China’s capabilities and North Korea’s recent provocations make the question of U.S. force presence in the region an important one.

01/26/2011

Collaboration is Key to Family Support Effort, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Collaboration is at the heart of the government’s new military family support directive and is the key to supporting service members and their families in the months and years ahead, a Defense Department official said.

01/26/2011

Officials Plan First ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Briefing      

WASHINGTON - The first briefing on the Defense Department’s progress in implementing a repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is coming soon, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

01/26/2011

Pentagon Officials Monitor Protests Overseas      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are closely watching protests that have flared over recent days in Egypt and Lebanon, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

01/26/2011

Gates to Meet with Canadian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has arrived in Ottawa, Canada, to meet with Defense Minister Peter MacKay to discuss U.S.-Canada defense issues and areas of cooperation, including mutual efforts in Afghanistan.

01/26/2011

Piracy Challenges Maritime Security Off Somalia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pirates off the coast of Somalia are using bigger vessels to extend their reach in a move that could prompt U.S. Navy forces to intensify techniques for pursuing them.

01/26/2011

Lynn: Defense Budget Plans Strike ‘Right Balance’      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s plans to cut $78 billion from its budget over five years and find more than $100 billion in savings for reinvestment was a collaborative effort, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

01/26/2011

Troops Kill Enemy Fighters, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - NATO troops in southern Afghanistan killed or wounded several insurgents during recent operations.

01/26/2011

Face of Defense: Former NCO Patrols as Cavalry Officer  This story contains photos.    

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Iowa Army Guardsman 1st Lt. Gerry Holloway is using his experience as a former noncommissioned officer to develop mission plans and lead soldiers in Afghanistan.

01/26/2011

Chairman’s Corner: Strengthening Our Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In his latest blog post, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praises the new whole-of-government approach to supporting military families.

01/25/2011

Obama Cites Military Successes in State of Union Address  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a State of the Union address marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation’s military as an example to follow.

01/25/2011

Leaders Praise New Approach to Military Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Leaders from the top echelons of the Defense Department and other government agencies expressed support for a groundbreaking new effort to support and strengthen military families.

01/25/2011

Criticisms Mean Efficiencies on Right Track, Lynn Says      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Members of Congress from both parties say the Defense Department has cut too much, or too little from the defense budget - a sign that efficiencies efforts are on target, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn.

01/25/2011

Lynn: NATO Must Get Ahead of Cyber Threat      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Cyber threats have increased in numbers and sophistication and while NATO’s thinking has evolved since a massive denial-of-service attack on Estonia in 2007, there is more work to be done, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

01/25/2011

System Takes Shape for Military Disaster Relief in Americas      

WASHINGTON - A system is in the works that will strengthen the ability of military services to contribute to civilian-led disaster response in the Western Hemisphere.

01/25/2011

Civilian-military Partnership Aids Helmand Progress      

WASHINGTON - While progress remains fragile in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a civilian-military partnership is helping people there make strides in several areas including governance and education, said a senior British official involved in the effort.

01/25/2011

Lynn Assesses NATO’s Cybersecurity Progress  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO is moving ahead with plans to protect its cyberspace domain, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said in Brussels, Belgium, during a trip to discuss cybersecurity issues with leaders.

01/25/2011

Petraeus Cites ‘Impressive’ Progress in Letter to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Continued hard work will produce sustained progress against insurgents in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, said in a letter to his troops.

01/25/2011

Numerous Insurgents Die in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - NATO troops killed several Afghan insurgents and found caches during separate clearing operations in the southern and eastern regions of the country.

01/25/2011

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Loses 100 Pounds  This story contains photos.    

PINEVILLE, La. - U.S. Army Spc. Alejandro Zuniga of the Louisiana National Guard lost 100 pounds en route to scoring 401 points on his most recent physical fitness test.

01/24/2011

DOD Leaders Discuss Critical Troop, Family Health Care Needs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military health care has helped troop survival, recovery and rehabilitation, but providers, patients, families and leaders must keep investing their efforts, Defense Department officials said.

01/24/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden Laud New Family Support Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, called the government’s new military family support effort an “important next step” in the support of troops and their families.

01/24/2011

Obama Announces ‘Unprecedented Commitment’ to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Improving the quality of life for military families is a priority, President Barack Obama said in announcing new programs to help support families coping with a broad range of issues, from mental health to their financial well-being.

01/24/2011

Lynn Discusses Cybersecurity with NATO, U.S. Leaders  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III spent the day in Brussels, Belgium, meeting with NATO and U.S. leaders at the alliance headquarters there to discuss the way forward in cybersecurity.

01/24/2011

Airstrike in Logar Province Kills Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - A coalition airstrike in the Pol-e Alam district of Logar province killed a Taliban logistics leader, and forces detained a Taliban leader responsible for suicide attacks in Kandahar province.

01/24/2011

White House Unveils New Approach to Military Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama released the results of a review of military family support that unveils a governmentwide approach to providing better support and an interagency effort to strengthen families.

01/24/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Peace Through Music  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - People say it’s not what life throws at you, but how you handle it that determines your character. For U.S. Army Spc. Diego Medina, that’s the story of his life.

01/23/2011

Lynn Arrives in Brussels for Cybersecurity Talks      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III has traveled to Belgium to meet with NATO and European Union officials and strengthen cyberdefense capabilities.

01/21/2011

Former Iranian Hostages Reunite at West Point  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - In January 1981, the U.S. Military Academy served as a historic waypoint when the nation cheered the return of a group of Americans taken hostage from the U.S. embassy in Iran. Thirty years later, West Point has welcomed them back for a reunion and to share their insights.

01/21/2011

Chairman’s Corner: Military Professionalism and Ethics      

WASHINGTON - Military members must hold themselves to the highest professional and ethical standards to maintain the relationship of trust with the public they represent and protect, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/21/2011

Contests Aim to Encourage Absentee Voting      

WASHINGTON - Federal Voting Assistance Program officials will use winning entries from slogan and poster contests to encourage absentee voting in U.S. elections by troops, their families and other citizens living overseas.

01/21/2011

TRICARE Improves Online Communication, Access      

WASHINGTON - Upgrades to the TRICARE military health plan’s website are giving beneficiaries easier access to their data, more convenient appointment scheduling and better communication with their providers.

01/21/2011

Japan Builds Support for Futenma Move  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has joined the efforts of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in building support for the realignment of U.S. forces based in Japan.

01/21/2011

Insurgent Roadside Bombs Kill Afghan Civilians      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan child was killed and 12 other Afghans were wounded in insurgent roadside-bomb attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

01/21/2011

Face of Defense: Battle-hardened Marine Teaches Others  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Joining the Marine Corps wasn't a career choice for Gunnery Sgt. William Abernathy, but rather a decision to fulfill a belief that all Americans should serve their nation.

01/21/2011

Red Cross Continues Legacy of Troop, Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross is continuing its support of military families by offering ongoing comfort, support, emergency communication services and immediate financial aid.

01/20/2011

First DOD Language Summit to Set Future Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An upcoming Defense Department summit will focus on ensuring that the military has enough people fluent in critical languages, a department official said

01/20/2011

More Nuke Treaties Remain on Agenda, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate ratified the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, yet more work lies ahead to advance the nation’s nuclear security, a State Department official said.

01/20/2011

NATO Sees Russia as Missile Defense Partner      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he’s looking forward to moving ahead during the first half of 2011 on missile defense cooperation with Russia.

01/20/2011

Iraqi Security Forces Respond to Bomb Attacks      

WASHINGTON - A spate of bombing attacks are killing and wounding civilians following weeks of relative calm in the country, said a Defense Department spokesman.

01/20/2011

Afghanistan Airdrop Levels Reach New Frontier      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Mobility airmen supporting operations in Afghanistan have airdropped 60.4 million pounds of cargo throughout the country, setting a record in 2010.

01/20/2011

Roadside Bomb Kills Civilians in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Three Afghan civilians were killed by an insurgent attack in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province as Afghan and international forces increased efforts to squelch enemy fighters, military officials reported.

01/20/2011

Program Examines Transportation Command’s Mission      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Command and its staff have received top billing from a History Channel program that studies their task of packing and shipping every single item the U.S. military needs to keep operating.

01/20/2011

Face of Defense: Father, Son Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Steven Starkey and his son, Army Pfc. Andrew Starkey, are from Iowa. But the word “home” now represents a five-minute walk up a hill.

01/20/2011

Ward Charts Africa Command’s 2011 Course  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The year ahead presents broad opportunities for U.S. Africa Command to contribute to the stability in support of vital U.S. national interests in Africa, said Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, the organization’s commander.

01/20/2011

Stavridis Expresses Optimism on Afghanistan      

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, said he is confident the transition process to increase Afghan-led missions over the next three years will be successful.

01/19/2011

Army Sees Slight Reduction in Active-duty Suicides  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Suicides among active-duty soldiers dropped last year to 156 confirmed deaths, from 162 in 2009, the Army vice chief of staff said.

01/19/2011

U.S., China Affirm Military Ties During Hu Visit to Washington  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and China have affirmed that a healthy, stable and reliable military-to-military relationship is an essential part of a shared vision for a positive U.S.-China relationship, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao said in a joint statement.

01/19/2011

Department Begins Project for Vietnam War Veterans      

WASHINGTON - More than three decades after the war’s end, the Defense Department has begun a project to pay tribute to the nation’s Vietnam War veterans.

01/19/2011

Initiative Helps Leonard Wood Tornado Victims      

WASHINGTON - When a devastating tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., New Year’s Eve day, the Army Claims Service moved into overdrive to help residents of 159 housing quarters that were damaged or destroyed.

01/19/2011

‘Virtual World’ Helps With Post-traumatic Stress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is using the Second Life virtual world to reach out to warriors with post-traumatic stress who are reluctant to deal with the condition and may be socially isolated.

01/19/2011

Consumer Advocates Seek Military’s Input  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Leaders implementing the federal government’s new consumer protection agency have met with Joint Base San Antonio service members to discuss the unique financial issues facing military families.

01/19/2011

ISAF, Karzai Condemn Insurgent Bomb Attack      

WASHINGTON - A NATO spokesman joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning the killing of more than a dozen civilians in a roadside-bomb attack.

01/19/2011

Face of Defense: Sailors Handle Variety of Tasks  This story contains photos.    

ARABIAN GULF - Sailors like Petty Officer 2nd Class Harlan Jones who wear a rating badge with a crossed quill and key provide a multitude of services to the crew of USS Ponce.

01/18/2011

Afghans, Coalition Broaden Assault on Insurgent Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have removed dozens of insurgents from the fight across broad sections of Afghanistan.

01/18/2011

Guard Program Creates Troop, Family Support Networks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program has established 45 troop and family support networks across the state that assist troops and their families before, during and after deployment.

01/18/2011

Commission to Recommend Lifting Ban on Women in Combat      

WASHINGTON - A commission of military officers and civilians plans to recommend lifting the ban on allowing women in combat while also ensuring that Defense Department policies promote equal opportunity.

01/18/2011

Face of Defense: Married Supply Sergeants Deploy Together  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and his spouse, Staff Sgt. Tanoka Johnson, are deploying together and can offer moral support to each other while overseas.

01/14/2011

Mullen: Holbrooke Understood Wisdom of Seeking Wisdom      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recalled diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke as "the ultimate discoverer," who used his wartime experiences to shape his passion for international relations.

01/14/2011

Obama Memorializes Holbrooke as Diplomatic ‘Leading Light’      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the life and contributions of veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke calling him the leading light of a generation of American diplomats whose work improved thousands of lives.

01/14/2011

Trip Enabled Biden to Spotlight Troops, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan gave him a chance to spotlight deployed U.S. forces and civilian workers.

01/14/2011

Air Force Reserve Command Units Perform Critical Missions      

WASHINGTON - Three Air Force Reserve Command units are focusing their efforts to hunt hurricanes, combat natural disasters and protect troops from airborne diseases.

01/14/2011

Combined Teams Target Insurgent Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Forces continue to remove the insurgent leadership in southern Afghanistan, where they detained suspects in both the Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

01/14/2011

Clinton: Gates’ China Trip Continues Holbrooke’s Vision      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ recent trip to China advanced U.S. relations there, continuing the groundwork laid by Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

01/14/2011

TRICARE to Extend Dependent Coverage to Age 26      

WASHINGTON - A new TRICARE program will allow qualified, unmarried military children to buy health care coverage under their parents’ health insurance plans through age 26.

01/14/2011

Congressional Commission Studies Women in Combat      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will review the forthcoming report of a congressional commission created to offer recommendations on how to improve diversity within the armed forces.

01/14/2011

Joint Forces Command Works on Closure Plan      

WASHINGTON - A week after President Barack Obama officially authorized Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to dissolve U.S. Joint Forces Command, the command’s staff is coming up with the best way to do it without compromising critical capabilities.

01/14/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Earns Worldwide Competition Berth  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Diane Singh will compete in the amateur figure bodybuilding competition at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

01/14/2011

Gates Consults With South Korea on North’s Provocations      

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with South Korean leaders to demonstrate U.S. solidarity against North Korean provocations, saying "we are all concerned about the tense situation on the peninsula."

01/13/2011

U.S.-Japan Pact Has Demonstrated Worth, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - The U.S.-Japan defense pact has demonstrated its value over the past 50 years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told students at Keio University in Tokyo.

01/13/2011

Gates Calls for Strengthening U.S.-Japan Defense Alliance  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - The U.S.-Japan alliance, negotiated and signed during the height of the Cold War, may be even more important today, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the students of Keio University in Tokyo.

01/13/2011

DOD Explores Post-NSPS Personnel Modifications      

WASHINGTON - As the National Security Personnel System fades into history, the Defense Department is exploring new modifications to the personnel system, said a DOD official.

01/13/2011

Coalition Works to Extend Southern Afghanistan Gains      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and their civilian counterparts in southern Afghanistan are focused on extending gains in the area before a likely spring offensive by the Taliban, said U.S. officials.

01/13/2011

Year After Haiti Quake, Gunston Hall Begins New Mission      

WASHINGTON - A year ago, the crew of the USS Gunston Hall was providing relief services in Haiti after a devastating earthquake struck the nation.

01/13/2011

Director Calls Personnel System Transition ‘Rewarding’      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s transfer of more than 170,000 civilian employees out of the National Security Personnel System since 2009 has been smooth, said the director of the transition.

01/13/2011

Southcom Chief Praises Haiti Quake Response      

DORAL, Fla. - Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command, praised the hard work and dedication exhibited by his troops when they responded to last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

01/13/2011

Air Guard Team Provides Critical Care Transport  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After a six-year hiatus, the Air National Guard is back in the critical care air transport team business and plans to enlist the help of 18 teams from 17 states.

01/13/2011

Biden Promises Responsible Drawdown in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After meeting in Iraq with its new governmental leaders and U.S. officials, Vice President Joe Biden pledged the United States will draw down its Iraq-deployed forces in a way that preserves their achievements and honors their sacrifices.

01/13/2011

Forces in Afghanistan Target Taliban, Haqqani Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces continued to target Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network operatives in operations conducted around Afghanistan, military officials reported.

01/13/2011

Lynn: Military Legacy is Key in King’s ‘Dream’ Vision  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has contributed to the struggle for equality, helping embody the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said at Pentagon ceremony honoring the civil rights leader.

01/13/2011

DOD Teachers Take on Mission in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five Department of Defense Education Activity teachers deployed to Afghanistan to provide English instruction to Afghan security forces and other personnel.

01/13/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Wears Two Hats  This story contains photos.    

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Toby Hall's experiences as a rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy didn't inspire him to join the military -- but rodeo patriotic ceremonies did.

01/13/2011

Gates Stresses Need to Prevent North Korean Provocations      

TOKYO - The danger of escalation of force by North Korea still exists and the United States, Japan, China and South Korea must work together to ensure stability and peace on the Korean peninsula, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Tokyo.

01/12/2011

Obama Honors Haiti Earthquake Victims, Notes Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama honored the memory of the 250,000 Haitian people who died in a massive earthquake a year ago, and highlighted relief and recovery efforts.

01/12/2011

Mullen Cites Strategic Importance of China-U.S. Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Building a strong U.S.-China relationship is important from a national security strategy perspective, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center here.

01/12/2011

Mullen: Afghanistan Remains Focus of U.S. Security Strategy      

WASHINGTON - America’s national security strategy remains focused on countering terrorism in Afghanistan and the region, and the plan's implementation remains on track, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/12/2011

‘Medical Home’ Concept Improves Care, Controls Costs      

WASHINGTON - A medical home team concept is aiming to create a consistent, long-term relationship between patients and a provider team while controlling costs.

01/12/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Taliban Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several Taliban leaders and other insurgents in operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

01/12/2011

Active-duty Services Report Recruiting Success      

WASHINGTON - All active services met or exceeded their recruiting and retention goals for the fiscal year through December, Defense Department officials said.

01/12/2011

Retired Guard Member Helps Subdue Arizona Gunman      

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A retired South Dakota National Guard officer was one of the bystanders who subdued the gunman who allegedly killed six people and shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 8.

01/12/2011

Casey Welcomes Millionth R&R Service Member  This story contains photos.    

DALLAS - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. welcomed the flight carrying the millionth service member to come home from the combat theater for rest and recuperation leave.

01/12/2011

Biden Focuses on Regional Peace, Stability in Pakistan Visit      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, for discussions White House officials said are focused on U.S. relations with that country and joint efforts toward regional peace and stability.

01/12/2011

Gates Arrives in Japan for Military Talks      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has arrived in Tokyo where he will meet with Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other senior leaders.

01/12/2011

Face of Defense: Crew Chief Ensures Pilots’ Safety  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Spc. Carlos Mendez, an OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crew chief, said he joined the military to selflessly serve his country.

01/12/2011

Gates Says China Relations Ready for Next Level      

MUTIANYU, China - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the discussions he had with Chinese officials will take the military-to-military relationship between the two countries to the next level.

01/11/2011

National Guard Tackles Southeast Winter Storm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At least 337 National Guard members have been activated in support of relief operations for the winter storm that has blanketed most of the Southeast.

01/11/2011

Leaders Emphasize Importance of Moral Courage, Candor      

WASHINGTON - Speaking at a National Defense University conference, two retired generals stressed the value of moral courage and the need for candor in advising senior leaders.

01/11/2011

NATO Officials Confirm Taliban Leaders’ Deaths      

WASHINGTON - Officials from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command today confirmed the identity of two Taliban leaders killed recently in Afghanistan.

01/11/2011

Face of Defense: New Soldier Prepares for Iraq Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Last year, Alexander Archer was a college student enjoying his chemistry studies. Today, he is headed to Iraq with his California Army National Guard unit.

01/11/2011

Biden Meets Karzai, Visits Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and local leaders as he continued what White House officials have described as a visit to assess progress and reinforce the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

01/11/2011

Gates: North Korea Becoming Direct Threat to U.S.      

BEIJING - If it continues on its current path, North Korea could become a direct threat to the United States in five years or less, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said after meeting with Chinese officials.

01/11/2011

Taiwan Could be Less Hot-Button Issue in Future, Gates Says      

BEIJING - U.S. arms sales to Taiwan may evolve into a less of a hot-button issue for future U.S.-China relations, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a roundtable discussion with reporters in Beijing.

01/11/2011

Gates: Chinese Taking Strategic Dialogue Proposal Seriously      

BEIJING - The United States and China should engage in a strategic dialogue focusing on four areas: nuclear, missile defense, space and cyber, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during his visit to Beijing.

01/10/2011

National Guard Prepares for Southeast Storm Support      

WASHINGTON - As a winter storm rolls through the southern United States, some governors have placed their National Guard units on state active duty.

01/10/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition killed at least 15 insurgents and detained numerous others in operations throughout southern and eastern Afghanistan.

01/10/2011

Chairman Calls for Military Self-examination      

WASHINGTON - As the military enjoys support from Americans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said now is the time to step back, assess the impact of 10 years of war and ensure the institution remains on course.

01/10/2011

Biden to Assess Progress in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan for a previously unannounced visit that White House officials said is designed to assess progress and reinforce U.S. commitment there.

01/10/2011

Defense Official Outlines Pay Freeze Details      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilian employees affected by the federal pay freeze for 2011 and 2012 will still have the opportunity to receive performance awards, promotions and normal longevity increases.

01/10/2011

Face of Defense: Gold Medalist Enlists in National Guard  This story contains photos.    

LATHAM, N.Y. - Justin Olsen earned a gold medal for the United States in the Winter Olympics last year. Now he’s in the New York Army National Guard, serving his country another way.

01/10/2011

President Signs Defense Authorization Act      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2011 defense authorization act into law Jan. 7. The act governs various department activities.

01/10/2011

China-U.S. Military Meetings Called ‘Candid, Productive’      

BEIJING - The meetings held between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chinese officials are one step toward strengthening the military-to-military relationship between the United States and China, officials said.

01/10/2011

U.S., China Must Cooperate as World Powers, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - The United States and China are powers that need to cooperate and should have strong, reliable military-to-military contacts between them, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news conference with the nation's minister of defense.

01/08/2011

Gates Praises Wounded Congresswoman      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for her support of the military and wished for her full recovery after she was critically wounded by a gunman during a Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage.

01/08/2011

Africa Strategy Encourages Democracy, Development      

WASHINGTON - The United States is pursuing a strategy that aims to foster stability and good, cooperative relationships with nations on the African continent, said Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy.

01/08/2011

Gates Pursues Strategic Dialogue with China  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is traveling to China, where he will seek to expand the military-to-military relationship and continue a strategic dialogue between the U.S. and the Asian nation.

01/07/2011

Gates Seeks Sustained Military Relationship with China      

WASHINGTON - The United States and China have restored military ties, giving Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates the chance to discuss substantive issues with his Chinese counterparts next week, said senior defense officials.

01/07/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents and found weapon stockpiles in recent operations throughout Afghanistan.

01/07/2011

Holly Petraeus Aims to Bolster Families’ Fiscal Knowledge      

WASHINGTON - The wife of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus hopes to reach out to service members as she leads up efforts to create the Office of Servicemember Affairs.

01/07/2011

Health Plan Officials Work to Improve Efficiency, Care      

WASHINGTON - As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presses for a modest increase in health plan premiums for working-age military retirees, the head of the TRICARE Management Activity reported progress already made in improving efficiencies as well as the quality of health care services.

01/07/2011

Health Plan to Remain Free for Troops, Officials Emphasize      

WASHINGTON - Though Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates seeks modest premium increases for working-age military retirees who use the TRICARE Prime health plan, the benefit will remain free to service members.

01/07/2011

Gates Outlines ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal Process  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates described the Pentagon’s three-step process for preparing to allow gays to serve openly in the military services, and said the goal is to "move as quickly, but as responsibly, as possible."

01/07/2011

President Authorizes U.S. Joint Forces Command Closing      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued an official memorandum authorizing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to dissolve U.S. Joint Forces Command while reassigning its missions to other organizations.

01/07/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Prepares for Recording Contract  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Spc. Brian Stowe is an accomplished musician who's set to cut a record as part of a recording contract when he returns stateside.

01/06/2011

Gates’ China Trip Aims for Lasting Military-to-Military Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ official visit to China next week is designed to lay the foundation for a lasting military-to-military relationship between the two nations, said a senior Defense Department official.

01/06/2011

Marine Unit Deploys About 1,400 Troops to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - About 1,400 service members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy, with infantry, aviation and logistics assets, to southwestern Afghanistan, said U.S. Central Command officials.

01/06/2011

Antarctica Blog Connects Students With Science      

WASHINGTON - Connecting scientists to elementary and high school students worldwide was one of many accomplishments during last year’s Operation Deep Freeze, the military’s support of National Science Foundation research in Antarctica.

01/06/2011

DOD Directs Army, Marine Drawdowns for 2015, 2016      

WASHINGTON - Budget pressures that have proven greater than anticipated mean the Defense Department will trim end strength in its ground forces beginning in four years, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

01/06/2011

Defense Department to Prune Senior Ranks, Freeze Staffing      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will reduce its senior ranks and freeze civilian staffing levels, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

01/06/2011

Joint Chiefs Fully Agree With Gates’ Efficiencies      

WASHINGTON - The members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are fully behind Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ proposed efficiencies for the military, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s top military officer.

01/06/2011

Gates Recommends Dempsey as Next Army Chief of Staff  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as the next Army chief of staff, replacing retiring Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

01/06/2011

Gates Reveals Budget Efficiencies, Reinvestment Possibilities      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has found $154 billion in efficiencies over the next five years and will be able to invest $70 billion of that saved money in more deserving accounts, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

01/06/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed numerous insurgents and detained several others in recent operations throughout Afghanistan.

01/06/2011

Holly Petraeus to Lead Office of Servicemember Affairs      

WASHINGTON - The wife of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, will head up an office devoted to strengthening consumer financial protection for service members and their families.

01/06/2011

Study Ties Problems to Post-traumatic Stress      

WASHINGTON - A study has linked the issues some troops face with depression, irritability and alcohol abuse after a brain injury to a form of post-traumatic stress.

01/06/2011

Navy Intel Chief Discusses China’s Military Advances      

WASHINGTON - Though China has demonstrated its ability to field advanced military prototypes speedily, how soon it can put those capabilities to use remains a key question, the Navy’s intelligence chief said.

01/06/2011

Face of Defense: Marine’s Passion Supports Operations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Burkhart spent his youth working on four-wheelers and trucks. Today, he's repairing every type of vehicle in Afghanistan.

01/05/2011

Navy Intel Chief: Information Dominance Must Balance Firepower      

WASHINGTON - “Information as warfare” requires operational commanders to employ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to dominate the information realm even as they direct combat actions, said the Navy’s senior intelligence officer.

01/05/2011

U.S., Afghan Forces Displace Taliban in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops and Afghan security forces serving in eastern Afghanistan are displacing the Taliban while making room for economic growth and governance, a task force commander serving in the area said.

01/05/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents and detained many others in recent operations throughout Afghanistan.

01/05/2011

‘Hero Miles’ Program Supports Families of Fallen, Wounded      

BETHESDA, Md. - A Fisher House Foundation-sponsored program will offer airline tickets so that families needing assistance can participate in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors seminar and the Warrior Games.

01/05/2011

Nominations Open for Military Child of the Year Award      

WASHINGTON - Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Military Child of the Year Award, which honors an outstanding military child from each branch of service.

01/05/2011

Face of Defense: Con Man's Son Serves Honorably  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Bruce S. Simms left the high-paying investment world to serve his country while atoning for the behavior of his wayward father.

01/05/2011

Wars, People, Balancing Risk Top Chairman’s 2011 Guidance      

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen released his guidance for 2011 that charts his plans to move forward in America’s wars, improve the health of the force and balance global risks.

01/04/2011

Fisher House Program Still Growing After 20 Years  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - The Fisher House Foundation isn’t basking in past achievements as it prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of its first home on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

01/04/2011

Navy Relieves Enterprise Captain for ‘Poor Judgment’      

WASHINGTON - A Navy captain whose shipboard videos have made headlines since they surfaced in the media has been relieved of command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise for demonstrating poor judgment, a senior Navy officer announced.

01/04/2011

Teamwork, Reintegration Weaken Taliban in Northern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Cooperation among troops and the reintegration into society of a growing number of war-weary insurgents are adding to success in northern Afghanistan, the commander of Regional Command North said.

01/04/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed numerous insurgents and detained several others while searching for a Taliban leader in the Kunduz province.

01/04/2011

Navy Program Puts ‘FOCUS’ on Military Families      

WASHINGTON - A Navy program is equipping troops and their families with the skills needed to weather the psychological and physical challenges bred by war.

01/04/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Balances Service, Music  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Clinton W. Walker has spent the last 20 years balancing his career as an active-duty Marine with his love for music.

01/03/2011

Coalition Condemns Insurgent Attacks, Continues Operations      

WASHINGTON - Four civilians were killed and at least eight others seriously wounded in two insurgent attacks over several days as Afghan and coalition troops targeted insurgent leaders in Afghanistan.

01/03/2011

Suicide Prevention Alliance Focuses on Troops, Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A suicide prevention task force for troops and veterans has been added to a national alliance that officials hope will help bring more attention to the issues and offer solutions in the future.

01/03/2011

Mullen: Leadership Key to Nation’s, Military’s Future      

WASHINGTON - America's toughest problems are solved by great leaders, and it is important for the mililtary to continue to develop and encourage such leaders, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a CNN interview.

01/03/2011

Face of Defense: Landscape Architect Saves Resources  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - With health, safety, conservation and morale at the heart of her mission, Janice Ellis, a U.S. Air Force landscape architect, strives to help things bloom on every front.

01/02/2011

Napolitano Visits Afghanistan, Focuses on Border Security      

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano paid a New Year’s visit to Afghanistan, where she focused on efforts to shore up security along the Afghan-Pakistan border to disrupt the flow of terrorists and the materials to support their operations.

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