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The U.S. is a multitrillion-dollar stakeholder in a safe and prosperous European Union that is home to its largest offshore military installations and takes one-fifth of American sales abroad. Germany has just reconfirmed its firm adherence to Europe's U.S.-led security architecture. The European central bank ...

Today at 2:30 a.m. local time, the missile defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system that is designed to defend against ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere. The test was conducted at a test site in central Israel and ...
That's a special category. They've earned that special status," Mattis said. "Otherwise, you're either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I'm not going to have some people deploying constantly, and then other people who seem to not pay that price to be in the U.S. military," he said.
According to historical data from the Department of Defense, and controlling for inflation, $686 billion is far more than President Reagan ever spent on the military during the Cold War and more than the U.S. military spent at the height of the wars in Vietnam and Korea. In fact, in all the decades after World ...
The spending plans have a Cold War ring to them, with an emphasis on the United States' need to keep pace with ongoing buildups in Russia and China, along with continuing its counterterrorism efforts. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters Feb. 11 the Pentagon budget is designed "to bring us back ...

... attending the 54th Annual Munich Security Conference in Germany, and meetings with leaders and troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. The Defense Department has three lines of effort that include creating stronger alliances by working by, with and through partner nations, ...
Mattis reaffirmed the United States' support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, she said. The Defense Secretary discussed the significant progress in Georgia's defense reforms and U.S. security assistance to Georgia's armed forces, White said, including the ongoing partnership to ...
... that a strong Europe is a better security partner, but that E.U. defense initiatives should complement, not compete with NATO, she said. Mattis thanked Parly for France's contributions to global security, White said, and the two leaders agreed to continue strengthening U.S.-French defense cooperation.
The Defense Department launched the Code.mil website on Tuesday, a new, streamlined portal for its similarly named Code.mil initiative, a collaborative ... Unlike most software projects, code written by U.S. federal government employees typically does not have copyright protections under U.S. and some ...
The 2018 review is the Defense Department's fourth review of U.S. nuclear policy, posture and programs since the end of the Cold War. ... "Our adversaries are building and operating these strategic weapons, not as a science experiment, but as a direct threat to the United States of America," he said.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Bulgarian Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov Feb. 15 during the NATO Defense Ministerial at NATO headquarters in Brussels to reaffirm and strengthen the important U.S.-Bulgaria defense relationship, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of ...
Tidd had high praise for the U.S. Coast Guard -- part of the Department of Homeland Security -- in his testimony. "I've said before on a number of occasions, in the U.S. Southcom region, my maritime force has white hulls and orange stripes," he said. "And, frankly, if it were not for the United States Coast ...
On Feb. 17, 1735, Morgan Morgan was commissioned as a captain and commander of a new company of riflemen formed in what is now present day Berkeley County, West Virginia, the First Virginia Regiment, better known today as the West Virginia Army National Guard's 201st Field Artillery Regiment.
Sometimes things go wrong. Even with routine maintenance, an aircraft can lose cabin pressure or hydraulics can fail. Airmen assigned to the 48th Civil engineer Squadron train while at F-15E Strike Eagle. Airmen assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron train while an F-15E Strike Eagle taxis by at Royal Air Force ...
He recalled her words: "How would our lives have been had you not fled to the U.S.? God knows best, but I certainly think we would still be living in extreme poverty, eating only one meal a day." After his arrival to the United States in 2004, Tounkara was awarded a one-semester grant to attend the Intensive English ...
What may take a scout team a day to do may only take three hours for us." The battalion is using three types of small drone aircraft: a commercial-off-the shelf quadcopter, an RQ-20 Puma unmanned aerial vehicle, and an RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. The quadcopter can be used in a variety of roles to replicate ...

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's rhetoric is aimed at the United States, and defense officials do not know if he has mated a warhead with a missile, but ... The command continues to work with the missile defense Agency and other combatant commands to ensure the United States can outpace the North ...
The global successes of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the services' Special Operations Forces are due to their extraordinary people and the support from Congress, senior special operations officials told lawmakers yesterday on Capitol Hill. Night-vision photo of Navy Seals in an exercise.
"We allocated every single penny of that critical investment to arrest the erosion we were seeing [in] FY '17 and previous years, and it put us on a path in FY '18 to restore our most pressing readiness needs." Instead of shutting down flight operations for several fleet squadrons, the navy was able to continue ...
The 2018 Nuclear Policy Review is the Defense Department's fourth review of U.S. nuclear policy, posture and programs since the end of the Cold War. The newest review, Trachtenberg said, "reaffirms long-standing bipartisan principles of U.S. nuclear policy, while at the same time recognizing the reality ...
The winners of the premiere Defense Department acquisition honor -- the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award -- made exceptional contributions ... "Today is really about taking some time out to acknowledge some really spectacular accomplishments," Shanahan said at the Pentagon ceremony ...
The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and lethal ... The Defense Department has released a new retention policy that requires service members to be worldwide deployable, with the focus on readiness, ...
The Defense Department conducted the review along with the departments of State and Energy, in consultation with allies and experts from inside and ... the previous NPR, declares that the United States would only consider using nuclear weapons in "extreme circumstances to defend U.S. vital interests.".
For the next two years, at least, the American public should be spared the U.S. Defense Department 's wailing about "readiness. ... The reason the Pentagon's budget is now on a long-term upswing is because the military has spent years loudly lobbying for such an increase while complaining about an ...
Another three of the same supercomputers will be installed at the navy Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center in southern Mississippi. The Defense ... Because the Defense Department is required to buy supercomputers made in the U.S., its choices are limited to only a few companies.
The Marine Corps Martial arts Program is designed to increase a Marine's warfighting capability and self-confidence and is based on the principle that every Marine is a rifleman. U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. James Benson, right, and Staff Sgt. Justin. Marine Corps Staff Sgts. James Benson, right, and Justin Golden, both of ...
At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base here, the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron's munitions flight, better known as AMMO, is responsible for building up and breaking down live bombs that are essential to maintaining a lethal Air Force. . Airmen from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron's ...
During the ministerial, the defense leaders discussed the recently published U.S. Nuclear Posture Review. Mattis said that many allies had been consulted on the study. "The review was very well received across the alliance, the secretary said. "The U.S. approach to nuclear deterrence embraces two ...
After years of Congress rejecting proposals supported by basically everyone except those whose jobs depend on the excess bases, the Defense Department is throwing in the towel. "[W]e're looking at doing two things, going forward," explained David Norquist, the Pentagon comptroller and CFO. "One is ...
The US Department of Defense contract calls for Crowley to move various types of cargo from thousands of suppliers through 41 major depots around the continental U.S., including ... Delivery locations will include vendor facilities, Defense Department warehouses or depots, and US military installations.
navy Lt. Logan Moore takes a blood pressure reading from a Marine in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 21, 2017. Moore joined the U.S. Navy nurse Corps four years ago with the sole purpose of making a difference in others' lives. As a trauma and en route care nurse assigned to Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System 18, ...
For military working dogs and their handlers it is especially crucial for both to be able to work in any environment, any situation. The army's 520th Military Working Dog Detachment and Honolulu police Department's K-9 Unit conducted joint training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Feb. 8, 2018. The training ...
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, meets with navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, Feb. ... "China's impressive military build-up could soon challenge the United States across almost every domain," Harris said.
The Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing recently completed Operation Guardian Blitz during a two-week joint training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, which included air-to-air refueling, training alongside navy rotary assets and joint terminal attack controllers. An A-10C Thunderbolt II "Warthog" pilot ...
The U.S. has volunteered to house the joint force command and Germany has offered to host the logistics command. NATO will designate some additional land component commands in Europe. "We will also set up a new cyber operations center at our military headquarters … to further strengthen our ...
... the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and its strong NATO ally, Poland," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. ... "Secretary Mattis thanked the minister for hosting U.S. forces and expressed appreciation for Poland's continuing contributions to regional and global ...
In a video released Tuesday by the Pentagon, a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, also called Predator B, can be seen blasting a Soviet-made T-72 tank, ... In this still from footage released by the Defense Department, a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, also know as Predator B, destroys a Russia-built T-72 tank in eastern ...
[like the] severe weather conditions in Alaska, and specifically at Eielson, allowed us to operate in conditions that relatively few people have experience living in, let alone working in." According to Fisher, the maintainers at the exercise were challenged with the cold temperatures and snow more than ...
The U.S. Department of Defense's Environmental Security technology Certification Program (ESTCP) announced that it has approved Eco Waste Solutions to move forward with its Deployable Waste-to-Energy Convertor for Expeditionary Bases (SWECX) with Thermal Energy to electrical power System ...
Antonio Fletcher, U.S. Southern Command's director of strategy, policy and plans, were among the speakers at the discussion, titled "Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance: Seeking Return on Investment." A key authority for the Defense Department is the Section 333 Global Train ...
The coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to grow, while remaining resolute in its focus to the mission, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today following a defeat-ISIS meeting in Rome. Mattis, speaking to reporters while en route from Rome to Brussels, lauded the successes ...
army Staff Sgts. Zachary and Michelle Evans have spent almost their entire military careers together. married airborne soldiers pose in front of the St. Michael statue in Vicenza, Italy. Army Staff Sgts. Zachary and Michelle Evans pose together for a photo outside the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ...
During their meeting in Rome yesterday, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti discussed the close U.S.-Italian defense partnership that is built upon a long history of mutual respect and shared values, as well as robust cooperation bilaterally and through NATO, ...
By the way, lest you think there's anything especially original about the American military in the 21st century, Westmoreland also spoke with hope in 1967 (but assumedly before he found himself in that tunnel) of how the United States "had turned the corner in the war" and how its end had begun "to come ...
army Lt. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, the Joint Staff's director of force structure, resources and assessment, and Defense Department comptroller David L. Norquist, discuss the president's fiscal 2019 defense budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon, Feb. 12, 2018. DoD photo by Jim Garamone.
the Pentagon's apparent refusal to deliver the White House's desired military plans most likely derived from a number of factors unrelated to the Department of Defense's feelings about the president or his foreign policy. In this case, the parameters likely set by the White House--low risk to U.S. forces, low ...
BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The US Department of Defense's Environmental Research Programs has announced that Eco Waste Solutions has been approved to move forward with its Deployable Waste-to-Energy Convertor for Expeditionary Bases (DWECX) with Thermal Energy to Electrical ...
"Being out here is definitely cold, but it gets us out and into a different environment," said Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Colbert, a tank crewman. "We're able to challenge ourselves on how we operate as a unit. Whether it's hot, cold or raining, it doesn't matter what the environment really is. Here in the Marine ...
The secretary is now in Rome and will move on to Brussels for this year's first NATO defense ministerial, before traveling on to Stuttgart to visit U.S. Africa and European commands, finally wrapping up his trip in Munich to attend the 54th Munich Security Conference. Mattis said the fight against ISIS has ...


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