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Jan. 11, 2018

Pentagon Officials Say Coalition Aims to Defeat ISIS’ Brand

Pentagon officials said the physical caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is in pieces as coalition operations continue against ISIS, but the ISIS “brand” remains to be defeated.

Dec. 29, 2017

Mattis Says Operations Against ISIS Will Change in 2018

The destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s physical caliphate will change the way the coalition will go after the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

July 23, 2017

U.S. Doesn’t Have Luxury of Choosing Challenges, Dunford Tells Aspen Crowd

Russia, North Korea, the fight against violent extremism and security in the Pacific are among the security challenges the United States faces concurrently, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a security forum.

March 31, 2017

Mattis Discusses U.S. Concerns About North Korean, Russian Actions

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in London that North Korea is moving in a "very reckless manner" with its nuclear and missile programs, while Russian activities in Afghanistan are also of concern to the United States.

March 24, 2017

U.S., Russia Continue Syrian Airspace Security Talks

Defense Department officials held a video conference with Russian defense ministry counterparts, discussing a memorandum of understanding for the safety of flight in Syria to ensure that each side continues to adhere to agreed-upon measures to prevent incidents in Syria.

March 10, 2017

U.S, Turkish, Russian Defense Chiefs Meet to Discuss Syrian Battlespace

It is a measure of the success indigenous and coalition forces have experienced against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that a meeting of the chiefs of defense was needed, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

March 9, 2017

Iran Poses Threat to Centcom’s Area of Responsibility, Votel Says

Iran poses the most significant threat to U.S. Central Command's complex area of responsibility, Centcom commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Feb. 23, 2017

Dunford Discusses Strategy, Threats at Brookings Event

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said countering threats and violent extremism is still the correct way to benchmark what the Defense Department must do to prepare the joint force.

Nov. 3, 2016

U.S., Russian Officials Continue Talks on Syrian Airspace

Defense Department officials participated in a video conference with their Russian counterparts to discuss the safety of flight in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement following the discussions.

Oct. 31, 2016

U.S., Russian Jet Incident Over Syria Not Hostile, Press Secretary Says

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the Oct. 17 incident in which American and Russian aircraft flew within a half mile of one another over Syrian battlespace was inadvertent contact and not hostile.

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