What is RSS?
RSS or Rich Site Syndication (also 'Really Simple Syndication) feeds are free content feeds from web sites that contain headlines, summaries and
links to the full page on the web site.
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. Though we do not endorse any particular reader, you can find RSS reader applications by searching Google or Yahoo. You can also find
reviews of the various news aggregators available.
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 web sites to find out if
there is new content, the RSS agregator shows it all to you in one screen. Many RSS readers also 'alert' you when new content from your favorite web
site 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 email 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, if desired. You can maintain subscriptions to both services simultaneously.
How can I sign up for Defense News RSS feeds
We currently offer nine news feeds for these readers. If you have a news reader and wish to acquire our feeds, use the links at the top of this
page. To subscribe to these feeds, follow the instructions on the right, or refer to the instructions that came with your news reader.
If you are not yet using a news reader, but would like to investigate if this new tool would be appropriate for you, there is a plethora of
information available on the web. Here are some links to resources that may help you: