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What is RSS?

RSS or Rich Site Syndication (also “Really Simple Syndication”) feeds are free content feeds from websites that contain headlines, summaries and links to the full page on the website.

How do I use RSS?

Special news readers, called "RSS Readers" or "RSS Aggregators" are required for you to be able to use RSS feeds. Options for news readers are varied and include stand-alone applications, plug-ins for Firefox and Outlook, built-in applications (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari), and Web-based services. 

Why use RSS?

RSS is an easy way to gather a wide variety of content in one place on your computer. Rather than having to visit many websites to find out if there is new content, the RSS aggregator shows it all to you in one screen. Many RSS readers also alert you when new content from your favorite website is delivered. RSS also has the potential for replacing email lists.

Defense.gov offers several email lists that users can subscribe to and receive new content via email. But subscribing to the email lists can result in a clogged inbox in your email application. And you have to separate the subscribed email from other email. 

Subscribing to our RSS feeds can eliminate that potential email clog entirely. However, subscribing to the RSS feeds (you subscribe using the tools in your chosen RSS reader) does not unsubscribe you from the email lists, you must manually unsubscribe from email lists, if desired. You can maintain subscriptions to both services simultaneously.

How can I sign up for Defense News RSS feeds?

You can subscribe to our feeds by following the instructions in your RSS reader.

Current RSS News feeds

To subscribe to a news feed, right click one of the links above and select "Copy Shortcut" in Internet Explorer or "Copy Link Location" in Firefox. All news readers are a little different but look for an option that says "Add Feed" or "Import". In the resulting form, paste the copied link in the input field and save.

RSS Reader Application example screen shot

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