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Feb. 16, 2018

Southcom Commander: Modest Investments Needed to Build Security Network

U.S. Southern Command has focused on building a "regional security network of principled, inclusive partnerships" to address shared challenges and build capabilities and capacity, Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, Southcom’s commander, told a Senate panel.

Feb. 16, 2018

Officials Highlight Work of Special Operations Forces in House Hearing

The global successes of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the services’ special operations forces are due to their extraordinary people and the support from Congress, senior special operations officials told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Feb. 16, 2018

Northcom Ready to Defend North America, Support Civil Authorities

While U.S. Northern Command has the ability to defend against threats from North Korea, continuing to improve the ballistic missile defense enterprise is critical, the Northcom commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Feb. 16, 2018

Pentagon Releases New Policy on Nondeployable Members

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis in July tasked the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness with developing policies to ensure everyone who enters the military is worldwide deployable, the undersecretary told Congress.

Feb. 16, 2018

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Complex Syria Environment

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and the Turkish defense minister discussed the complex security environment in Syria and the danger a resurgent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could pose to NATO allies, during a meeting in Brussels.

Feb. 15, 2018

Increased Funding Will Improve Military Readiness, Senior Officers Say

The services' No. 2 officers testified on readiness during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on readiness and management support.

Feb. 15, 2018

Bomb-Building Airmen Sustain Lethality at Readiness Exercise

At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s munitions flight, better known as AMMO, is responsible for building up and breaking down live bombs that are essential to maintaining a lethal Air Force.

Feb. 15, 2018

Mattis: NATO on ‘Right Trajectory’ to Protect Nations, Values

NATO defense ministers agreed to continue projecting stability beyond their nation's borders and to build capabilities within the alliance, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said while attending meetings in Brussels.

Feb. 15, 2018

Face of Defense: Reservist Trains Fellow Marines in Martial Arts

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is designed to increase a Marine’s warfighting capability and self-confidence and is based on the principle that every Marine is a rifleman. At the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jake Benson is responsible for teaching martial arts to approximately 150 Marine reservists.

Feb. 14, 2018

Mattis, Polish Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak discussed bilateral efforts to deter regional aggression and reaffirmed the U.S.-Poland defense relationship during a meeting in Brussels.

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