"China is not 10-feet tall," Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said at the Reagan Library in California, and the United States is not a "country that fears competition."
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, America's final resting place for those whose remains have not been found or identified, inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning.
The Defense Department is committed to working with allies, partners and like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific and to upholding a free and open region founded on respect for international rules, laws and norms.
As the 28th secretary of defense, Lloyd J. Austin III is the principal assistant to the president in all matters relating to the Department of Defense and also serves on the National Security Council.
In a complex and changing security environment in the Indo-Pacific, one constant is the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks helped to officially launch the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security at College Park, Md., during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Defense Department recognizes the service and sacrifice of our military families, and dedicates resources, services, policies and programs to support the more than 2 million uniformed service members and 2.6 million family members across the globe.
NATO allies are concerned about Russia's military build-up along the border with Ukraine, and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia will face serious consequences if it once again invades the country.
More than just a fighting force, the Defense Department delivers health care, disaster relief and other support to people around the world in humanitarian missions every day.
Take a glimpse into the daily lives of the Defense Department and its people through the eyes of military photographers during operations, training activities, humanitarian missions and other major events of 2021.
They may not have actual boots on the ground, but you'll find U.S. military working dogs serving wherever American troops do. They are as lovable as they are loyal, but make no mistake – these are highly skilled warriors, trained by the best to serve alongside them.
Take a look behind the lens at the missions and accomplishments of the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.