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A search is quietly being conducted by the Pentagon to see if there is a four-star military job suited for McMaster, these officials said. .... However, one top Pentagon official said McMaster's role in the administration should not prevent him from earning his fourth star, comparing his transition to other military ...

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between March 9-15, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 37 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said Russia bears responsibility for the massive casualties of innocent civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the director of the Joint Staff, briefed reporters during a weekly news conference.
The United States is in an era of constant science and technology competition from countries such as Russia and China, a senior Pentagon official said on Capitol ... In such a competitive environment, DoD must pay much more attention to future readiness and ensure its conventional overmatch remains on ...
One day after Air Force leaders severely restricted media contacts, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan encouraged Pentagon officials to engage more with ... To drive home his point, he included two pages of "DoD Myth-Busting on Communications with Industry" and two of ethical boundaries.

By Terri Moon Cronk and Marine Corps Sgt. David Staten DoD News, Defense Media Activity. PRINT | E-MAIL | CONTACT AUTHOR. WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 --. The military service chiefs of cybersecurity see an upward trend in the capacity, capabilities, sophistication and persistence of cyber ...
To drive his point, he included two pages of "DoD Myth-Busting on Communications with Industry" and two pages of ethical boundaries. Earlier this month Air Force joined the Navy in its crackdown on engagements with the press. Air Force leaders say public affairs officials must go through operational security training.
The Defense Department is seeking an enterprisewide cloud infrastructure to ensure warfighters have access to real-time, mission-critical data, DoD officials said March 7 at an industry day for the Joint ... The Industry Day event, held at the Sheraton Pentagon City near the Pentagon, was open to the public.
But Pentagon officials, citing the cost, logistical difficulties and rarity of large-scale military parades in the United States, have sought to shift the focus to celebrating American history and ... It is unclear whether Trump will be satisfied with the Pentagon plan, which one official said was still a work in progress.
Department of Defense officials say that initial problems with the MHS GENESIS health system are part of the development process. (Oleskly Mark). Negative user feedback was all part of the plan for a new electronic health care system, said Department of Defense officials and their private sector partners.
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to know why so much of taxpayer money goes to the CEOs of defense companies. The CEOs of the top five defense contractors in the U.S. earned a combined total of $96 million in compensation last year. Lockheed Martin takes the lion's share of DoD funds with nearly 90 ...
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense needs to accept a greater amount of risk in its military space systems, the Pentagon's top technology officer said ... But despite vocal support from Pentagon officials for such a shift, the slow speed of both the Pentagon bureaucracy and the long lead times ...
Officials say this isn't enough time to give the people the aid they need. With a failed cease-fire, Russia's commitment to de-escalate violence and negotiate a political solution is questionable. "Russia's inability to exert control over portions of the battlefield where they operate is troublesome," White said.
Pentagon officials are worried about giving money back after claiming that mandatory spending caps since 2011, known as a sequester, had affected ... Adjusted for inflation, the account "has grown fairly steadily since 1980 and, over that time, taken up an increasing share of DOD's base budget," the report ...
The same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin touted new weapons that can travel at more than several times the speed of sound, a senior Pentagon official told reporters that the United States is underfunding its own research base for similar work. Putin claimed in a lengthy address on Thursday that ...
DoD leaders want to ensure the U.S. military can fight and win a high-intensity conflict, but the best solution is to compete at the level of the adversaries and win there before actual combat occurs, he said. "This is where the [special operations forces] enterprise can, and must, play a significant role," he ...

More than a dozen working groups from across government have been studying the defense-industrial base to recommend ways to cover gaps and weaknesses. Those groups include representatives from the Pentagon and other agencies like the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security.
The recently released Nuclear Posture Review is grounded in a "realistic assessment" of the current security environment, and tailored to deter threats and reassure allies, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy David J. Trachtenberg said here yesterday. A pilot sits in a cockpit while operating an ...
"Coalition advisors were with the SDF, and this action was taken in self-defense," White said. "Pro-regime vehicles and personnel that were turned around and headed back west were not targeted." The coalition observed a slow buildup of pro-regime forces over the past week, she added. Coalition officials ...
He said his office saw a significant increase in the number of complaints alleging misconduct by senior DoD officials from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2012, and, since then, the number of ... "However, I want to make clear our recognition that any misconduct by a senior official is unacceptable," Fine said.
military commanders, additionally, have the ability to ban cell phones from other locations, officials said. the Pentagon includes dozens ... One official said a thorough ban on personal cellular devices in the Pentagon would create logistical challenges and prove difficult to enforce. Those challenges would ...
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- A live-fire missile defense test conducted early Wednesday in Hawaii was unsuccessful, Pentagon officials acknowledged Thursday. "It did not meet our objectives," said Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman. "But we learn something all the time with these tests. We learned ...
U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Katherine Branham of the 41th Theatre engineering Command compares her airplane with a high school STEM students during the U.S. army All-American Bowl week Go Army Experience Zone Ten80 STEM workshop Jan. 5, 2018, at Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas.
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon Jr. will brief reporters on the strategy tomorrow at the Pentagon, she said. The Nuclear Posture Review will confirm the importance of the nuclear ...
Safety of DoD Members, Families Drives Electronic Device Review, Official Says ... A service member looks at a fitness app on his smartphone at the Pentagon, Feb. ... "You have to also consider the fact that we have been attacked, bases have been attacked," White said at a Pentagon news conference.
All 133 Cyber Mission Force teams are on schedule to achieve full operational capability by September, Cybercom officials said. Another signal of the command's growing importance is the implementation of Operation Gladiator Shield. The order organizes the DoDIN into operational areas and designates ...
The officials added that the review was ordered after Mattis expressed his intent to ban personal cell phones in the Pentagon. A defense official told CNN that the intelligence about the risk of cell phone vulnerabilities that drove the Pentagon's review is the same intelligence that helped lead to a similar ban ...
Modernization has been the sacrificial lamb in the recent budget wars, and this strategy reemphasizes the importance of modernization, Pentagon officials said. The strategy specifically states the United States must modernize the nuclear triad. It also emphasizes the importance of space and cyberspace as ...
Remnants of the terror group continue to operate in Iraq, but improved Iraqi security forces are able to manage that threat, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told reporters during the weekly Pentagon briefing. McKenzie is the director of the ...
Combating human trafficking is a responsibility the Defense Department takes very seriously, Anthony M. Kurta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for military personnel policy, said today. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, he added. "It not only destroys the lives of those victimized, but also ...
It was Rood's work overseeing Lockheed's overseas arms sales and the possibility that he could again deal with it as a Pentagon official that triggered Warren's opposition. She and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had grilled Rood about a potential conflict of interest before Senate Armed Services Committee in ...
the Pentagon has requested specific programme exceptions in case it must continue to operate under a restrictive stop-gap budget, and the list is especially heavy on the sort of munitions that have been spent during ramped-up campaigns in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Congress passed another ...
Southwest Asia, Dec. 31, 2017 -- The first group of Iraqi border Guard Force members graduated today from a 12-day program conducted by members of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Graphic of ...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2017 -- The coalition's efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been successful, but there is still much to do to eradicate the group, British Army Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney told Pentagon reporters yesterday. American artillery soldiers respond to a fire mission somewhere in Iraq in support ...
Existence of advanced UFOs 'beyond reasonable doubt', says ex-Pentagon official who ran secret US government programme ... The unit, which the Department of Defence (DoD) insisted was terminated in 2012, produced documents that described sightings of aircraft travelling at extremely high speeds ...
He said the program sought to identify what had been seen, either through tools or eyewitness reports, and then "ascertain and determine if that information is a potential threat to national security." "We found a lot," Elizondo said. The former Pentagon official said they identified "anomalous" aircraft that were ...
Spending for the program totaled at least $22 million, according to former Pentagon officials and documents seen by The Washington Post, but the funding officially ended in 2012. "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to ...
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the ...
"While DoD maintains expert counterterrorism forces -- the best in the world, bar none -- capable of conducting precision air strikes and complex raids to protect our interests, we are focused principally on helping our partners build their own capabilities and expand their capacity to fight these terrorist ...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 -- The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced today. Defense Department comptroller David L. Norquist and chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White spoke during the Pentagon news conference, in which they also ...
Spending for the program totaled at least $22 million, according to former Pentagon officials and documents seen by The Washington Post, but the funding officially ended in 2012. "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to ...
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.
Pentagon officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year ... Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018 ... President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment. facebook ...
Approving the plan would also end the special authority that Mr. Trump bestowed on the top State Department official for Somalia to pause the military's offensive operations in that country if he saw problems emerging, the officials said. the Pentagon has objected to that arrangement as an infringement on ...
In late 2016, reports emerged that Pentagon officials had "buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business ... As for how the audit would work, Jim Garamone of the official DoD news agency reports that the department's Office of the Inspector General has "hired ...
The current official troop count under an accounting system known as the Force Management Level does not always reflect the U.S. commitment on the ground accurately, as commanders bring in temporary forces or hire more contractors. Pentagon officials in August, for example, acknowledged that there ...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2017 -- The United States has about 5,200 troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, and those numbers are trending down, Pentagon officials said here today. Pentagon spokesman army Col. Robert Manning announced the numbers in compliance with Defense Secretary James N. Mattis' direction to give ...
The Defense Department Inspector General (DoD IG) -- in reviewing 2,502 convictions handled in the military court system in 2015 and 2016 -- found that the army, navy, Air Force and Marine Corps failed to submit fingerprint cards to the FBI in 601, or 24 percent, of the cases. Officials in all four branches ...
The GAO outlined deficiencies in a report by the Pentagon that sought to establish roles and responsibilities for some of these defense organizations when they ... "DOD officials acknowledged to us that there are a number of planning and guidance documents that need to be updated to clarify roles and ...


 

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