Defense Secretary Ash Carter is departing as President Barack Obama's top defense advisor after nearly two years in the post, during which he led initiatives to modernize and strengthen the department.
Marine Cpl. Michael Pimenidis provides security with an M4 carbine during an exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 16, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal
The MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper continue to shape the battle space in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Year in Photos displays this year’s most compelling military images of operations, humanitarian efforts, training, defense leaders, athletes and lifestyle.

More Top News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Jan. 19, 2017. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
U.S. Airstrikes Kill 80 ISIL Fighters in Libya, Carter Says Story | Transcript | Special Report

Inauguration Day About Resilience of American Institutions, Dunford Says Story

Separate U.S. Airstrikes Kill 2 Senior al-Qaida Leaders in Syria Story

Service members march down Pennsylvania Avenue in a dress rehearsal for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2017. Army photo by David Vergun
Guard Members Partner With Civilian Agencies to Support Inauguration Story

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, before trilateral talks with Turkish Chief of Defense Gen. Hulusi Akar at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Jan. 17, 2017. The two men were participating in the alliance Military Committee meeting. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann
Dunford Discusses Russian Capabilities, NATO Security Efforts Story | Flickr Album | Travels | Special Report


SITREP: Wounded Airman Completes Back-to-Back Tours, Fleet Week Announced & More
Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell stands in a C-130 hangar at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2017. After a sports injury in 2010, Caswell underwent a year of surgeries, two years of painful limb-recovery therapy, followed by physical therapy. In October 2014, his limb still hadn’t healed and began to worsen so Caswell elected to amputate his injured leg. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa
From the military services and around the DoD, here's your SITREP for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.
Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide
Army Secretary Eric Fanning speaks at the Symposium on Suicide Prevention. DoD photo by John Martinez
White House Fellow Robert Accordino discusses suicide prevention and Army Secretary Eric Fanning's symposium on suicide prevention and social media.
New DARPA Technology Could Simplify Secure Data Sharing
The goal of the Defense Advanced Research Project's Agency's new Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program is to create a system where information at multiple levels of security classification could be processed on a single handheld device using a resilient secure network that links devices without needing to route traffic through secure data centers. Graphic courtesy DARPA
SHARE aims to create a system where secure information could be processed on a handheld device without needing to route traffic through secure data centers.

Top Issues and Special Reports