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  • Women's History Month 2018

    Women's History Month

    The Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating March 2018 as Women’s History Month. Both in uniform and through the civilian sector, American mothers, daughters, sisters and wives have selflessly served to defend and protect the land of the free and home of the brave. Special

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018

    Brain Injury Awareness Month

    During Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Defense Department demonstrates its commitment to increasing awareness of traumatic brain injury and to providing educational and healing resources to service members, veterans, family members and health care professionals. Special

  • FY 2019 Budget Proposal

    FY 2019 Budget Proposal

    The president's fiscal year 2019 defense budget request calls for $686.1 billion in spending as part of a strategy that stresses restoring and rebuilding America's military. Special

  • Government Shutdown February 2018 - What You Need to Know

    Government Shutdown February 2018 - What You Need to Know

    Defense Department officials issued guidance for the federal shutdown when Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution or a full budget by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2018. Special

  • Nuclear Posture Review

    2018 Nuclear Posture Review

    In light of the realities of the contemporary threat environment, the 2018 NPR presents an assessment of U.S. nuclear policy that is consistent with past U.S. policy by placing priority on the need to deter potential adversaries, assure allies and partners, and hedge against future risks, while also seeking greater cooperation where possible in support of arms control and global non-proliferation efforts. Special

  • Operation Atlantic Resolve - America's Continued Commitment to European Security

    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

  • African American History in the Defense Department

    National African American History Month

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

  • DoD Focus on the Indo-Pacific

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

  • Government Shutdown January 2018 - What You Need to Know

    Government Shutdown January 2018 - What You Need to Know

    Defense Secretary James N. Mattis issued guidance for the federal shutdown and said the Defense Department would continue its mission to defend the people of the United States, American allies and U.S. vital interests around the world. Special

  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

    National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

    Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex. It affects all populations: adults, children, men, women, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, and all economic classes. The Defense Department continues to raise awareness and do its part to end this crime. Special

  • 2017 Year in Review

    2017 Year in Review

    This report highlights the top Defense Department priorities in 2017, from maintaining a safe nuclear deterrent and strengthening alliances to keeping faith with military families. Special

  • 2017 Year in Photos

    2017 Year in Photos

    The men and women of the U.S. military train and conduct operations around the world. But they also are regular people with a range of interests. In this review, we turn to military photographers to show compelling images of troops as they serve, sacrifice and engage in life. Special

  • FY2018 Defense Budget Proposal

    FY2018 Defense Budget Proposal

    President Donald J. Trump's fiscal year 2018 Defense Department budget request proposes a $52.4 billion increase over the 2017 request and seeks to shore up readiness, procure systems for the future and fully fund operations worldwide. 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

  • 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 American Indian Heritage Month

    From the Revolutionary War to present-day missions around the world, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed and continue to contribute greatly to national defense. Special

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month October 2017

    National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the many contributions of American workers with disabilities and reaffirm our admiration of the skills and talents they bring to today's workplace. Special

  • 21st Century Nuclear Deterrence & Missile Defense

    21st Century Nuclear Deterrence & Missile Defense

    The 21st century strategic environment demands our national deterrence strategy accounts for uncertainty and the expanding capability of world actors. Rebuilding and modernizing defense capabilities and infrastructure is essential to the continued effectiveness and resiliency of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. Special

  • 2017 Combined Federal Campaign

    Defense Department employees worldwide have the opportunity to give to their favorite charities from Oct. 2, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018, through the annual Combined Federal Campaign. Special

  • DoD Hurricane Relief

    DoD Hurricane Relief

    U.S. Northern Command is leading the Defense Department's disaster response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on the U.S. territory Sept. 20. DoD continues to synchronize efforts with the Puerto Rico National Guard and FEMA. Troops and equipment already were assisting authorities in the region, which has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks. Special

  • Hispanic Heritage Month at the Defense Department: Click to visit Special Report

    National Hispanic Heritage Month

    National Hispanic Heritage Month marks a time to showcase and honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the Defense Department and the nation. Special

  • Invictus Games 2017

    Invictus Games 2017

    More than 500 competitors from around the world, including 80-plus from Team U.S., gather in Toronto to participate in the 2017 Invictus Games, an international adaptive sporting event for injured active-duty and veteran service members. The games use the power of sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country and their loved ones. Special

  • Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief

    Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief

    Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm with deadly flooding expected as troops remain in position to continue disaster relief missions. The Defense Department had troops and equipment already assisting authorities in the region that has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks. Special

  • Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

    Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

    Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys Sept. 10, and made landfall a second time on Marco Island on the state’s Gulf Coast. The Defense Department had troops and equipment positioned to respond, while continuing to assist authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. U.S. Northern Command is coordinating the response with support from several DoD components and agencies. Special

  • Remembering September 11, 2001 - 16 Years Later

    Remembering September 11, 2001 - 16 Years Later

    Sixteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Defense Department honors the memories of those who died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa. 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

  • Hurricane Harvey

    Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall early Aug. 26 as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, bringing fierce winds and heavy rain. Later downgraded, the storm again made landfall Aug. 30 near the Louisiana border. National Guard Bureau officials said the priority remains saving life, limb and property, while Guardsmen from several states are assisting federal and local agencies, with additional support from the Defense Department and the Coast Guard. Special

  • National Preparedness 2017

    National Preparedness

    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

  • Employer Support Freedom Award 2017 Graphic

    Employer Support Freedom Award

    The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Special

  • Warrior Games 2017 Graphic

    Warrior Games 2017

    The 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games feature eight sporting events with approximately 265 athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces transgand the Australian Defense Force. The competition promotes the resiliency and warrior spirit of wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, caregivers, and families. Special

  • Operation Inherent Resolve: Targeted Operations to Defeat ISIS

    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

  • Feds Feed Families 2017

    Feds Feed Families

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

  • LGBT Pride Month 2017

    LGBT Pride Month

    During June, the Defense Department recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members and civilians for their dedicated service to DoD and the nation. Please click here to view the special report: LGBT Pride Month. Special

  • D-Day & the Invasion of Normandy

    73rd Anniversary of D-Day & 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

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    As the nation marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Defense Department recognizes the contributions of AAPIs, with gratitude for their service in the nation's defense. Special

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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