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  • Travels With Mattis April 2017 - Mattis Visits Middle East, Africa

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to the Middle East and Africa to reaffirm key U.S. military alliances, engage strategic partners and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations. Special | Travel Archive

  • Month of the Military Child

    Month of the Military Child

    Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child. Special

  • Sexual Assault: Awareness and Prevention - Protecting our People Protects our Mission

    Sexual Assault: Awareness and Prevention

    The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov's special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime. Special

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month 2017

    Brain Injury Awareness Month 2017

    Every March, the purpose of Brain Injury Awareness Month is to demonstrate the Defense Department's commitment to increasing awareness of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and to provide educational and healing resources to service members, veterans, family members and health care professionals. Special

  • Special Report: Women's History Month 2017

    Women's History Month 2017

    The Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating March 2017 as Women’s History month. Throughout our history, women have served the country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. Special

  • National African American History Month

    National African American History Month

    The Defense Department recognizes the bravery and exceptional service of military and civilian American Americans by commemorating National African American History Month. Special

  • Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years After the Attack

    As the nation observes the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Defense Department honors the men and women who lost their lives, and those who fought on to preserve the nation's freedom. Special

  • Veteran's Day: Honoring our Nation's Veterans

    Veterans Day: Honoring our Nation's Veterans

    On Veterans Day, the Defense Department joins the nation in honoring the men and women who have given selflessly and sacrificed in service to the country. Special

  • Military Family Support

    The Defense Department joins the nation in honoring the commitment, sacrifices and contributions families of service members make every day in support of the military and the nation. Special

  • National Preparedness 2016

    National Preparedness 2016

    DoD plays a vital role in supporting the U.S. government's preparations for and responses to a wide range of threats posing the greatest risks to national security -- threats that include acts of terrorism, cyber threats, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. By collaborating, we can be prepared to meet these threats and to mitigate future crises. Partnering together where we work, live, learn and visit makes us all safer, stronger and more secure. Special

  • The Annual Combined Federal Campaign

    Defense Department employees worldwide have the opportunity to give to their favorite charities from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, through the annual Combined Federal Campaign. Special

  • Suicide Prevention

    Suicide Prevention: #BeThere - Your Action Could Save a Life

    We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the service member or veteran who is going through a difficult time. The Defense Department's theme for Suicide Prevention Month is: BeThere - your action could save a life. Special

  • Department of Defense Transgender Policy

    Department of Defense Transgender Policy

    A Defense Department policy allows service members to transition gender while serving. The policy sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders to develop and implement guidance, training and specific policies in the near and long-term. Special

  • The DoD Family Delivers: Feds Fighting Hunger | Feds Feed Families

    Feds Feed Families

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the eighth annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger. Special

  • 72nd Anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy

    72nd Anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy

    On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied troops landed along a heavily fortified, 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the historic operation known as D-Day. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on the beaches of Normandy, but by day’s end, the Allies had gained a foothold to begin liberating Europe. Special

  • 2016 Invictus Games

    2016 Invictus Games

    Military athletes from nations around the world participate in the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded warriors to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their countries. Special

  • Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

    The Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration. Eleven service members have received the Medal of Honor since the global war on terror began following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Special

  • The Battle for Iwo Jima - 71st Anniversary

    The Battle for Iwo Jima - 71st Anniversary

    Seventy-one years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department remembers the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought on the Pacific island, and those who gave their lives there. Special

  • FY2017 Defense Budget Proposal

    FY2017 Defense Budget Proposal

    Evolving challenges drive the Defense Department’s planning for its $582.7 billion fiscal year 2017 budget request, including Russian aggression in Europe, the rise of China in the Asia Pacific, North Korea, Iran, and the ongoing fight against terrorism, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Special

  • DoD Focus on Asia-Pacific Rebalance

    DoD Focus on Asia-Pacific Rebalance

    Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership. Special

  • Warrior Care

    The Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that support their return to duty or transition to the civilian community. Special

  • Operation Atlantic Resolve

    America's Continued Commitment to European Security

    The United States is demonstrating to NATO allies and the world its continued commitment to peace, security and stability in Europe. Special

  • 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

    The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Special

  • Operation Inherent Resolve - Targeted Operations Against ISIS Terrorists

    Operation Inherent Resolve
    Targeted Operations Against ISIS Terrorists

    U.S. Central Command's Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve continues to work by, with and through regional partners to militarily defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in order to enable whole-of-coalition governmental actions to increase regional stability. Special

  • The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy

    The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy

    The Defense Department's cyber strategy guides the development of DoD's cyber forces and seeks to strengthen cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions. Special

  • Defense Department Science and Technology

    Defense Department Science and Technology

    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. Special

  • Biosurveillance


    Biological, chemical and nuclear terrorist attacks; extreme weather events; and emerging infectious diseases all pose security threats unbounded by state, country and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the nation. Special

  • Proliferation Security Initiative

    Proliferation Security Initiative

    The Proliferation Security Initiative is a global effort to stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials to and from actors of proliferation concern. U.S. involvement stems from a national strategy which recognizes the need for more robust tools to stop proliferation and identifies interdiction as an area of greater focus. Special

  • Quadrennial Defense Review

    Quadrennial Defense Review

    The Quadrennial Defense Review, or QDR, is a legislatively-mandated review of Defense Department strategy and priorities. The QDR will set a long-term course for DoD as it assesses the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balances DoD's strategies, capabilities, and forces to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats. Special

  • Nuclear Posture Review

    Nuclear Posture Review

    The Nuclear Posture Review is a legislatively-mandated review that establishes U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture for the next five to ten years. Special

  • Ballistic Missile Defense Review

    Ballistic Missile Defense Review

    The Ballistic Missile Defense Review, or BMDR, is a review conducted pursuant to guidance from the president and the secretary of defense, while also addressing the legislative requirement to assess U.S. ballistic missile defense policy and strategy. The BMDR will evaluate the threats posed by ballistic missiles and develop a missile defense posture to address current and future challenges. Special

  • Space Posture Review

    Space Posture Review

    The Space Posture Review, or SPR, is a legislatively-mandated review of U.S. national security space policy and objectives, conducted jointly by the secretary of defense and the director of national intelligence. The Defense Department and intelligence community have concluded the SPR by releasing a National Security Space Strategy. Special

  • National Security Space Strategy

    National Security Space Strategy

    The National Security Space Strategy, or NSSS, is a pragmatic approach to maintain the advantages derived from space while confronting the challenges of an evolving space strategic environment. It is the first such strategy jointly signed by the secretary of defense and director of national intelligence. The themes of the NSSS are reflected in the DoD Strategic Guidance and are being implemented by DoD space policy and other efforts. Special