(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Face of Defense: Airman Sets Sights on Social Work Career

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:53
For one airman, taking care of families and others has always been a passion.

Shanahan Outlines U.S. Support for UN Peacekeeping, Calls for Reform

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:03
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan outlined U.S. support to U.N. peacekeeping operations, saying peacekeepers play a critical role in peace and security, while acknowledging reforms are needed, at the 2017 U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada.

Cybercom Challenges Industry: Be Agile, Precise

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:19
At U.S. Cyber Command’s first-ever industry day, Cybercom leaders briefed nearly 400 members of private industry about the command’s acquisition priorities at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Arthur Lundahl Conference Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Deputy Secretary Discusses Security Issues With Japanese Minister in Canada

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:27
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan today discussed a range of global security issues with Japan's State Minister for National Defense Tomohiro Yamamoto on the sidelines of the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada, Deputy Defense Secretary spokesperson Navy Cmdr. Sarah Higgins said.

Vice Chairman, USO-Metro Salute Military Chefs

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:13
Twelve military chefs were honored while demonstrating their culinary skills at the annual Salute to Military Chefs sponsored by USO-Metro at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Va.

Marine Amputee Finds Solace in Surfing, Makes Lasting Friendships in Clinic

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:43
As the calm of being in the Pacific Ocean washes over him, Toran Gaal, a medically retired Marine Corps sergeant, examines a clean wave and carves out a path.

Shanahan Observes Military Readiness at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:53
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan engaged leaders and troops on readiness, observed demonstrations of personnel and assets and heard about the successes and challenges in maintaining a ready force during a daylong visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord yesterday.

Trauma Chief Praises Medical Response to Sutherland Springs Shooting

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:38
The community teamwork and medical response at Brooke Army Medical Center the afternoon of the Sutherland Springs shooting was "extremely heartwarming," the hospital's trauma chief said.

Face of Defense: Military Service Helps Guard Soldier With Civilian Career

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:38
A Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldier's mission-first focus and discipline help her in her civilian life as a mail carrier and assistant supervisor for the Newton, Pennsylvania, post office.

Defeat-ISIS Campaign Deprives Enemy of Safe Havens, OIR Official Says

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:18
A spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to support Syrian Democratic Forces as they pressure ISIS by advancing toward the confluence of the Kabul and Euphrates River valleys.

Coalition Airstrikes Kill 4 Senior ISIS Leaders

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 18:36
Coalition airstrikes killed four senior Islamic State of Iraq and Syria leaders in the past three weeks, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced.

Dover Port Mortuary Honors Fallen Warfighters

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 18:24
Service members from all branches of the military, in addition to DoD civilians and contractors, work tirelessly at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to comfort the families of the fallen who’d died in contingency operations overseas. Their mission is to provide dignity, honor and respect to the fallen by preparing them to be returned home to their families.

Honorably Discharged Vets Now Have Online Exchange Shopping Privileges

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:08
Some 18.5 million honorably discharged veterans now have a lifetime benefit enabling them to shop online at ShopMyExchange.com, marking the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990.

Face of Defense: Honor Guard Service Gives Airman New Perspective

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:09
People see honor members participating in funerals or parades or presenting the colors at various events. They may not know what goes on behind the scenes, or what goes on in the members' minds.

Mattis, Georgia’s Defense Minister Discuss Security Issues at Pentagon

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 01:09
The chief Pentagon spokesperson said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria discussed regional security, the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship and other issues during a meeting at the Defense Department’s headquarters.

Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:04
Navy officials said a three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort.

Dual-Status Air Reserve Technicians Perform Vital Roles

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:22
Air reserve technicians are Air Force reservists who serve in a dual status for the Defense Department who play a vital role in providing unit stability.

Artemis Strike 2017 Exercise Concludes in Crete

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:15
More than 200 U.S. soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command participated in Artemis Strike 2017, a German-led multinational tactical live-fire exercise held at the NATO Missile Firing Installation in Greece.

Serbian, U.S. Paratroopers Conduct Bilateral Double Eagle Exercise

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:12
U.S. Army paratroopers from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, are conducting a bilateral Serbian and U.S. airborne exercise.

Face of Defense: First Sergeant Leverages First-Responder Skills

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:03
During the week, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Turner is a member of the fire department in Cheyenne, Wyoming. On drill weekends, he responds to the needs of the airmen and families of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing as a first sergeant.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:30
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Pence Says America Owes Vets a Debt, Promises Stronger Military

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 20:46
From the dawn of the Republic, the United States has depended upon its veterans, and it owes them a debt of honor that must be paid, Vice President Mike Pence said.

NATO Plus-Up Will Give Afghan Forces an Offensive Boost, Nicholson Says

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:20
With an increase in troops, the U.S. and NATO strategy in Afghanistan has a good chance of enabling Afghan security forces to do more to secure their country, the Resolute Support mission commander said during a news conference in Brussels.

NATO Officials Discuss Afghan Plus-up, Russian Threats

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:19
NATO allies and their partner forces have agreed to increase the size of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan from 13,000 to 16,000 troops, said Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general.

Veterans Day While Deployed

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:23
Legacy, honor, freedom, valor, and patriotism. These are some of the underlying tones speaking to us on what we know as Veterans Day.

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:13
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Army Corps of Engineers Builds Levee in Puerto Rico

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 23:47
Within days, the Army Corps of Engineers can move a river. They proved this recently during an emergency levee construction project in Yauco, Puerto Rico.

Military Aviation Leaders Discuss Readiness, Urge Budget Certainty

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:56
Top aviation military officials from the four services addressed Congress on aviation readiness, all underscoring the urgent need for predictable budgets.

DoD Pledges to Improve Background Investigation Procedures

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:31
The Defense Department is pledging to improve the way background investigations are done, according to DoD’s director for defense intelligence and security.

Times Square Recruiting Station Reopens After Renovation

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 21:37
Representatives of all U.S. military services will be on hand for the grand reopening of the busiest walk-in recruiting station in the country at the “crossroads of the world,” Times Square, New York City.

Airmen Participate in ‘Checkered Flag’ Exercise

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:16
Exercise Checkered Flag 18-1 took place at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. It's a large-scale, aerial exercises that combines fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft to enhance airmen capabilities, while providing training to rapidly respond to current, real-world conflicts and preparing for the future.

Mattis Meets With German, Norwegian Defense Ministers in Brussels

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:14
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met today with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Dedication to Defeating ISIS Evident By Progress, Mattis Says

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:38
The dedication of the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is evident by its progress, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a defense ministerial at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

RAND Corp. Study Gives Top Ratings to DoD Nonmedical Counseling

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:19
The RAND Corp. issued its comprehensive study of the Defense Department’s nonmedical counseling resources and the programs had a solid rate of success, Military Community and Family Policy officials said.

Speed Drives Air Force, DoD Innovation, Improvements

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:22
Speed is the crux of innovation and improvements the Defense Department will make to ensure the force is ready for any contingency, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson said at the Defense One Summit.

Face of Defense: Dedication Pays Off for Recruiting Center Leader

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:36
There’s a credo Army Staff Sgt. Michael Stone lives by -- always try your hardest to the best of your abilities. In 2017, Stone has lived up to his personal creed by pursuing and achieving excellence at the highest levels in U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Family Tradition of Service Drives Deputy Secretary Shanahan

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:35
"I grew up in a family that values service," said Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, whose father, Mike, fought in Vietnam. "People ask me, 'Why did you take this job?' I think about the people who go to Afghanistan or wherever they are deployed and how hard that is, and they do it multiple times."

ESPN Visits USS Freedom for ‘A Salute to America’s Heroes’

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 17:15
ESPN’s show "First Take" was broadcast live from the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom. More than 150 sailors, veterans, families and friends attended the live broadcast of "A Salute to America's Heroes," in celebration of Veterans Day.

Mattis Meets with Turkish Defense Minister

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 17:01
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli today at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement following the meeting.

New Commands, Cyber, Afghanistan on Plate for NATO Defense Ministers

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:49
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed the NATO Defense Ministers meeting, saying the alliance will continue to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century. Stoltenberg spoke at NATO headquarters as alliance defense ministers -- including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis -- gathered in Brussels to begin their deliberations. The meeting will help set the stage for the NATO Summit next summer, also in Brussels.

USNS Comfort Restocks to Continue Post-Hurricane Care

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:09
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort replenished its medical supplies, food and other necessities, by connecting with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn while underway off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Face of Defense: Marine Takes Leave to Help Hurricane Victims

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:58
In response to Hurricane Harvey, Marine Corps Cpl. Eric Gore was among the thousands of people from across the country who took time away from their homes and work to help Texans impacted by Harvey's devastation. “I just wanted to help my fellow countrymen out,” Gore said. “Helping our neighbors in Texas was something I was able to do, so I went.”

Trump Warns North Korean Leader Not to Underestimate U.S.-South Korean Will

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:06
In a speech before the South Korean National Assemble, President Donald J. Trump warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un not to underestimate the will and power of the United States and urged him to rid his country of nuclear weapons.

General Cites Iraqi Forces' Confidence, Ability in Liberating Qaim

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:26
Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, congratulated the Iraqi security forces on driving ISIS out of Irbil, and largely out of Iraq. Croft is Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command's deputy commanding general for air as part of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

North Korea Situation Requires Worldwide Action, Trump Says

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:51
North Korea constitutes a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action, President Donald J. Trump said in a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul.

Biannual Angel Thunder Exercises Test Combat Search, Rescue Capabilities

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:42
Angel Thunder, a series of biannual exercises focused on testing combat search and rescue capabilities, has begun operations for this year's second iteration.

3-D Printing Technology Helps Wounded Warriors

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:37
Requests for custom prosthetic attachments were fulfilled by the 3-D Medical Applications Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

California Surfing Clinic Assists Wounded Warriors' Recovery

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:49
Naval Medical Center San Diego's staff has assisted more than 1,500 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches in their recovery through surfing.

Face of Defense: Missileer Launches Into Bodybuilding Competitions

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:24
When it comes to flexing muscles, Air Force 2nd Lt. Brittany Talbot, a combat missile control officer with the 320th Missile Squadron, can flex with the best of them.

Mattis Praises Finland’s Contributions to Democracy, Global Security

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 22:46
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis applauded Finland’s contributions to democracy and global security today after meeting with the country’s most-senior government official during a five-day trip to Europe.

Night Work: Mechanics Keep Helos Flying in the Sunlight

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:29
Army helicopter maintenance specialists have been working nonstop in Puerto Rico to maintain six CH-47 Chinook helicopters that deliver humanitarian supplies daily to some of the island's hardest-hit and most remote areas following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Navy, International Entomologists Collaborate to Fight Malaria

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:54
The Navy Entomology Center of Excellence is assisting the President's Malaria Initiative that includes distributing insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying and anti-malarial drugs.

Face of Defense: Marine Balances Multiple Responsibilities

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:30
Life in the military is a path not many people take, and even fewer take the road of becoming a U.S. Marine.

Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:00
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

President Talks to Troops at Yokota Air Base

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 07:03
President Donald J. Trump said in a troop talk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, that the U.S. and Japanese service members standing shoulder to shoulder have made Yokota Air Base one of the most capable operational bases in Japan and in the world.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 13:38
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Iraqi Forces Liberate Qaim, Key Border Crossing

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:13
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials congratulated Iraq’s government and its security forces today on their victory against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq’s Qaim district, located in western Anbar province.

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIS in Somalia

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:07
In coordination with the Somali government, U.S. forces conducted two separate airstrikes in northeastern Somalia against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, killing several terrorists, U.S. Africa Command officials said.

Mattis to Visit Europe for NATO, Northern Group Meetings

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:31
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will make a five-day trip to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances in Europe.

Vigilant Shield Takes Fight to New Mexico Mountains

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 17:52
Shots rang out in a New Mexico canyon when soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division secured a simulated critical infrastructure facility from armed suspects during a training scenario at White Sands Missile Range.

Air Force Wounded Warrior Takes Flight with Thunderbirds

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:37
A wounded airman who now serves as a security forces squadron flight chief was selected to fly with the Air Force's aerial demonstration squadron, the "Thunderbirds," ahead of Joint Base San Antonio's open house and air show.

Face of Defense: Avionics Technician's Innovations Save Time, Money

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:42
Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Caruso realized there was a much better way to test the functionality of a sniper pod and the electrical systems of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, so he pioneered a new way to detect problems and troubleshoot those systems.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:17
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Navy Committed to Correcting Mistakes that Led to Collisions, Deaths

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 23:48
The chief of Naval Operations said the collisions in the Pacific that killed 10 sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald and seven sailors aboard the USS McCain were entirely preventable, and the service is committed to correcting the actions that led to the accidents.

Exercise Tests Interoperability of Army's Military Auxiliary Radio System

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:35
The Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command is calling on Military Auxiliary Radio System operators around the country to participate in a quarterly interoperability communications exercise.

Exercise Tests Interoperability of Army's Military Affiliated Radio System

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:35
The Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command is calling on Military Auxiliary Radio System operators around the country to participate in a quarterly interoperability communications exercise.

Partnership Enables Sealift Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:23
Humanitarian relief supplies have departed from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., to Ponce, Puerto Rico, via ship.

Navy Cyber Mission Force Teams Achieve Full Operational Capability

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:06
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet officials announced that all of the Navy’s Cyber Mission Force teams achieved full operational capability last month, almost a full year ahead of schedule.

Armenia, U.S. Celebrate Reopening of Zar Peacekeeping Training Area

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:06
Armenian and U.S. leaders celebrated the reopening of the Zar Peacekeeping Training Area in Yerevan, Armenia, a facility designed to increase the readiness and training of Armenia's 12th Peacekeeping Brigade for international peacekeeping missions.

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Unique Experiences in New Army Brigade

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:23
Sgt. Jeston L. Perryman serves in the Army's 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade, an exclusive specialized unit designed to train, advise, assist, accompany and enable partner-nation security forces in support of combatant command requirements worldwide.

U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:09
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

DoD Offers Course for Using Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 21:14
Defense Department officials said service members eligible to opt into the Blended Retirement System in 2018 can now take a free course to learn to use the online comparison calculator to aid in determining whether the new BRS or the legacy retirement system is a better choice for their circumstances

America in Danger of Losing Lead in AI, Innovation Board Chair Says

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 20:10
Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the Defense Innovation Board, said Artificial intelligence is the new frontier, and the Defense Department must invest in this breakthrough or be in danger of not being competitive in the future.

Life With Lizzy: How a Service Dog Is Helping One Combat Veteran Reconnect

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:22
Army Master Sgt. Leigh Michel found a way to recover from her invisible and physical wounds from the war zone, through the help of her service dog Lizzy.

Injured Marine Fulfills Dream of Learning to Surf

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:49
Marine Corps Cpl. Leighton Anderson recalled always wanting to fly since his Navy father took him to airshows in his native California. Leighton realized his dream -- he became part of an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crew. After being severely injured in an Osprey training crash in late 2016, Anderson achieved another dream during his recovery -- he's now a surfer!

Officials Detail DoD Support During Unprecedented Hurricane Season

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:28
Defense Department officials told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee how DoD has supported federal, state and local officials in responding to the unprecedented series of hurricanes this year.

Honor Guard Brings New Perspective for Airman

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:55
A Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., noncommissioned officer in charge of the honor guard's Delta Flight said the final handing off of the flag to the next of kin can be one of the most memorable parts of a military funeral.

Cadets Continue Mission in Puerto Rico

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:15
In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, some University of Puerto Rico ROTC cadets used their skills to bolster the Army Reserve and National Guard from within their units.

Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:13
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Face of Defense: Airman Discovers His Trainer Supervised His Father

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:02
At the top of the Duke Field, Florida, air traffic control tower, Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Morris keys up his headset to tell fighter pilots where to go, when to turn and who to talk to next. A few steps behind Morris is Steven Kates. He monitors the action throughout the tower and keeps a keen eye out across the 360-degree spectrum of the bright blue yonder.

U.S.-led Coalition’s Support to Continue After Raqqa’s Liberation, Official Says

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 23:43
The commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said the Syrian Democratic Forces' liberation of Raqqa, Syria, exposed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s lies and cowardice and the evil of its ideology.

Corps of Engineers Assesses Generators in U.S. Virgin Islands

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:49
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 249th Engineer Battalion and the Corps’ Tulsa District power team are working together to provide U.S. Virgin Island facility generator owners with assessments to guide and assist them with the future maintenance generators.

Troxell: U.S., South Korean Troops on DMZ ‘Ready’

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:29
South Korean and American troops on and near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea are ready, well-supplied, well-trained and prepared, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said following a visit.

Trilateral Cooperation Needed to Combat North Korean Threat

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:43
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford hosted his counterparts from South Korea and Japan in trilateral talks at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii that focused narrowly on the threat posed by North Korea.

Dawn Blitz 2017 Sets Standard for Amphibious Capabilities

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:53
Dawn Blitz, an exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units in planning for and establishing expeditionary advanced bases, executing an amphibious assault, engaging in live-fire events and integrating fifth-generation aviation capabilities in a land and maritime threat environment, concluded at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

Face of Defense: Airman Counters Life's Jabs

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:04
Air Force Airman 1st Class Isaiah Randall's father was shot, his aunt died and his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. The rage, devastation and sorrow caused by family turmoil left him reeling. He looked for inner peace in his longtime passion, boxing, but a torn ligament left him staggering.

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:16
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Mattis: Military Force Authorizations Remain Sound

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 01:16
The 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force remain sound bases for ongoing U.S. military operations against the mutating threat of terrorism fueled by extremism aimed at innocents around the globe, Defense Secretary Mattis said on Capitol Hill.

Sailors Bring Smiles to Children at Sri Lanka Hospital

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:55
Sailors from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and members of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka visited children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital during a port visit.

Bioenvironmental Technicians Keep Guam Base Safe

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:52
On the isolated Pacific island of Guam, protecting the limited natural resources and establishing a safe working environment is essential to mission success. The 36th Medical Operations Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight at Andersen Air Force Base takes on the task of seeking out possible health hazards and bolstering the mission by leading the way in personal safety.

Face of Defense: Hurricane Maria Hits Home for Nimitz Sailor

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:53
A sailor aboard the deployed aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was unable to contact his family for days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:08
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Dunford Hosts Trilateral Meeting With South Korean, Japanese Military Leaders

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:47
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts and regional U.S. military leaders to discuss trilateral cooperation in Northeast Asia in response to increasingly provocative North Korean actions.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 17:46
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting eight strikes consisting of 15 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Mattis: U.S. Will Not Accept Nuclear-Armed North Korea

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 17:13
“In light of [North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s] expanded outlaw activities that all the world experienced and observed over the past year or two, I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said to reporters following talks with South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo in Seoul, South Korea.

Dunford Discusses Issues Confronting U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 15:47
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to reporters after two days of meetings in Seoul, where U.S. and South Korean defense leaders discussed the full range of issues confronting the alliance, including the North Korean threat. The chairman is traveling to Hawaii for the Tri-CHOD (chief of defense) conference among the United States, Japan and South Korea.

U.S. Official Salutes South Korea’s ‘Very Strong’ Military

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:40
The South Korean military is among the best in the world, and it is the largest part of the force that will “fight, tonight” if North Korea attacks, a U.S. Forces Korea official said.

Power Restoration Remains Top Concern In Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 22:10
A Defense Department spokesman said power restoration remains the No. 1 priority in Hurricane Maria-ravaged U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and that DoD is responding to the islands with about 11,400 active duty and National Guard service members.

Secretary Visits DMZ With South Korean Counterpart

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 21:11
Standing in the Demilitarized Zone with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the South Korean people, and said the visit portrays in strong terms the difference between the oppressive North Korean regime and free, democratic South Korea.

Project Maven Industry Day Pursues Artificial Intelligence for DoD Challenges

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 20:27
Project Maven, which aims to turn the enormous volume of data available to the Defense Department into actionable intelligence and insights, recently hosted an industry day in Silver Spring, Maryland. The project, also called the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team, or AWCFT, partners with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop and deploy artificial intelligence-based algorithms against some of DoD’s toughest challenges. An algorithm is a set of mathematical instructions that a computer can use to solve a problem or perform a calculation. An AI-based algorithm improves its performance through a variety of machine-learning techniques.

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