DoD Focus on the Indo-Pacific
DoD Report Details China’s Growing Military, Economic Power While the Defense Department engages substantively with China’s military, it will also continue to monitor and adapt to the nation’s evolving military strategy, doctrine and force development, an annual DoD report to Congress said. Story | Fact Sheet | Report | Indo-Pacific Special Report

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets members of the Colombian military during his visit to Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 17, 2018.
Mattis Reflects on Colombian Progress, Crisis in Venezuela Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he came away from Colombia impressed by the progress he witnessed during his recent trip to South America, praising the nation's strengthening democracy and military and police capabilities, but is concerned about the unrest in neighboring Venezuela. Story | Transcript

Military Aircraft Crash in Iraq Highlights Dangers Troops Face A military aircraft crash in Iraq, in which an American service member died and several others were injured, highlights the dangers troops face every day, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning III told reporters. Story

A coalition member hangs an 81-millimeter mortar prior to launching it at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The coalition provided fire support and airstrikes to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and liberate all land east of the Euphrates River. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
Operation Roundup Continues to Target ISIS Remnants U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria through offensive operations and precision airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shakes hands with Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero during his visit to Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 17, 2018. U.S. Embassy photo
Mattis, Colombian Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship Defense Secretary James N. Mattis thanked the Colombian defense minister for their country’s regional leadership role as a security exporter during a meeting in the capital city of Bogota, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said. Story

U.S., Chile Continue to Build Partnership, Mattis Says The United States and Chile continue to build a resilient and transparent partnership based on democracy, respect for human rights and economic opportunity for all, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during a news conference with his counterpart in Santiago, Chile. Video | DoD News Now
Iraqi Forces Make Strong Start in Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar Video | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
U.S., Coalition 'Steadfast' With Iraq for ISIS Defeat, Secretary Says Story | Full Event Video | Transcript | Flickr | Special Report | Travels

An Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Aug. 3, 2017. The JSTARS is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform, with a primary mission to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles
Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Prince Faisal of Jordan to a bilateral meeting in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis, Jordanian Leaders Discuss ISIS Fight, Security Story | Flickr Album | Transcript | Special Report | Travels

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks about a new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy During Address Story | Full Event Video | Speech | Secretary's Statement | Flickr Album
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali during a visit to Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis Praises Defeat-ISIS Efforts in Meetings With Iraqi Leaders Story | Flickr Album | Special Report | Travels

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