U.S. Department of Defense

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Commemorating World War II

The Defense Department pays tribute to all who served the nation during World War II and to the Allied countries whose service members fought side-by-side with America’s forces. DoD honors the troops who perished in the fight, were listed as missing in action or were prisoners of war; the veterans who returned; and the sacrifices of their families in the fight to preserve freedom.

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Commemorating World War II
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

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.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
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News

News | Defense News

Austin Concerned About U.S. Citizens' Loss of Trust, Confidence in Military

Austin Concerned About U.S. Citizens' Loss of Trust, Confidence in Military
Spotlight | Reform

Military Health

Military Health
News | Defense News

DOD Must Act Early to Extract Much-Needed Tech From Nation's Industrial Base

DOD Must Act Early to Extract Much-Needed Tech From Nation's Industrial Base
News | Partnerships

Indo-Pacom, Southcom Leaders Discuss Allied Security at National Forum

Indo-Pacom, Southcom Leaders Discuss Allied Security at National Forum
Quiz | Know Your Military

The 'Date Which Will Live in Infamy': How Much Do You Know?

The 'Date Which Will Live in Infamy': How Much Do You Know?

Press Products


Release |

Secretary of Defense Austin Approves More DoD Advisory Committees for Resumption of Operations

Secretary of Defense Austin Approves More DoD Advisory Committees for Resumption of Operations

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Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing

Advisory |

Press Briefing Today at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 2021

Press Briefing Today at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 2021

From The Services

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Army

Former Interpreter, Now Resettled, Gives Thanks to Soldiers

Former Interpreter, Now Resettled, Gives Thanks to Soldiers
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Marine Corps

U.S., Japan Set to Begin Resolute Dragon

U.S., Japan Set to Begin Resolute Dragon
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Navy

California Partners With Navy on Energy, Water Initiatives

California Partners With Navy on Energy, Water Initiatives
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Air Force

Airmen Compete Together for Team USA Bobsledding

Airmen Compete Together for Team USA Bobsledding
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Space Force

University Partnership Program Welcomes New Member

University Partnership Program Welcomes New Member
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National Guard

'Black Hawk Down' Hero Receives Silver Star

'Black Hawk Down' Hero Receives Silver Star

Multimedia

Take a look behind the lens at the missions and accomplishments of the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.

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