Iraqi forces reached key buildings in eastern Mosul and raised their nation’s flag there, an event U.S. defense officials hailed as important progress in liberating the city from ISIL.
An Air Force captain taxis an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a night mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2017. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa
Military working dogs have been a vital part of the armed forces since the Revolutionary War. They begin training as soon as they are born and only 50 percent of puppies are selected to serve.
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The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work during Work's farewell ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus speaks with sailors and Marines during an all-hands call on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in Singapore, Nov. 21, 2016. Mabus was visiting the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility to meet with sailors, Marines, and partner nation military and government officials. Navy photo by Lt. David Gardner
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Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, discusses the virtues of sea power in his keynote address at the Surface Navy Association’s 29th National Symposium in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2017. The Jan. 10-12 symposium featured a number of speakers encouraging dialogue and sharing innovations in the surface warfare community. DoD photo by Amaani Lyle
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter (center) receives the Sam Nunn National Security Leadership Prize from Sam Nunn (left), former Senator and Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and John J. Hamre (right), president and CEO of CSIS, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2017. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter presents Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service during James' farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
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Army Uses Gels to Study How Blast Pressure Impacts the Brain
Biologist Rebecca Jimenez infuses gel samples with fluorescent properties in order to discover technology solutions to protect soldiers. Photo by David McNally
Army researchers are studying the physiological effects of blast pressure on the brain to devise new ways to protect soldiers.
DARPA Program Aims to Improve Undersea Fiber Communications
This screenshot shows a graphic rendition of Darpa's fiber communication. Screenshot via Darpa
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wrapped up the first phase of a program that develops temporary underwater fiber-optics communications networks.
World War II Veteran Survives Not 1, But 2 Era-Defining Events
Jim Leavelle, center, bows his head and holds his cowboy hat during a ceremony remembering the men who fought and died at Wheeler Army Airfield on Dec. 7, 1941. DoD photo by Katie Lange
Jim Leavelle never expected to be famous, but because of his proximity to two life-changing events in America, his name is in the history books.

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