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the Pentagon plans to build two new nuclear weapons to keep up with the modernizing arsenals of Russia and China, according to a comprehensive Department of Defense review on the U.S. military's nuclear capabilities, sparking heated debate about the strategy: Will it bolster the U.S. military's ability to ...
Here, logistics and quality assurance specialists track all of the federal generators coming into Puerto Rico from the Virgin Islands and the mainland United States. Once the generators arrive, contract crews check to make sure they are fully mission capable -- meaning they produce a reliable source of ...

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is co-hosting the foreign ministers' meeting today and tomorrow with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mattis said his role in the conference is to provide the military situation, then leave the meeting in the hands of Tillerson and the foreign ministers.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the "evil of ISIS," with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad. Coalition partners will continue to support the Iraqi security forces to "root out and ...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 -- The Defense Department and Food and Drug Administration launched a joint pilot program to prioritize efficiently developing safe and effective medical products to save the lives of U.S. warfighters, officials of the agencies announced this morning in a media teleconference. Combat medics ...
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., Jan. 17, 2018 -- aircraft mechanics assigned to the 108th Wing here are no strangers to working outdoors in finger-numbing cold or sweltering heat. One of them is Air Force Tech. Sgt. Raymond DeMarco, a crew chief who is troubleshooting some lights that aren't working on ...

CORAOPOLIS, Pa., Jan. 17, 2018 -- Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams Jr., a crew chief and aircraft mechanic with the 171st Air Refueling Wing's maintenance group, pursues his lifelong passion for music while continuing a family legacy of public service. Photo of Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams. Pennsylvania Air ...
"Since we are in a training environment here, we don't deal with warlike munitions on a daily basis, so this class is actually a refresher course to keep us combat ready." The class included airmen from different sections within the munitions systems career field, such as munitions, storage, conventional, ...
Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, meets with Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, ahead of the 178th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense Session at NATO Headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium's capital city, Jan. 15, 2018. DoD photo by navy Petty Officer 1st ...
Next month, at army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up mobilisation centres that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send ...
15, 2018 -- The U.S. military draws its strength from the nation's strong alliances, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff said here today at a ceremony in which one ... Dunford said the United States has no more important, effective or vibrant alliance than NATO - 29 countries pledged to collective defense.
Joshua Marcuse, executive director of the Defense Innovation Board, speaks to participants in a Defense Department-wide Innovative Corps boot ... Blank underscored the importance of agility and innovation in the Defense Department as the United States faces near-peer state adversaries and a host of ...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2018 -- U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii, Pacom officials said in a statement today after Hawaii residents received an emergency notification at 8:07 a.m. local time - 1:07 p.m. EST -- warning of an inbound ballistic missile threat and urging them to seek shelter.
Tennessee AG Lawyer Appointed to Defense Department Post. A top lawyer in the Tennessee attorney general's office has been nominated to become the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense. Jan. 12, 2018, at 3:31 a.m.. Tennessee AG Lawyer Appointed to Defense Department Post ...
"The armed forces of the United States of America are the world's greatest force for good," the vice president told the airmen. "You chose to ... The training, studies and experimentation conducted at Nellis helps to keep the U.S. military "on the cutting edge both strategy and strength," the vice president said.
Southwest Asia, Jan. 12, 2018 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Jan. 5 and Jan. 11, conducting 96 strikes consisting of 160 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Graphic of solider pointing for ...
"We're trained on what the capabilities of the aircraft are, which allows us to give threat perspectives to pilots with what's going on in the area of operations and how that affects the aircraft and pilots," said Senior Airman Jake Owens, an intelligence analyst with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. "We brief pilots on ...

12, 2018 -- U.S. Africa Command has developed a new tool designed to measure progress in advancing women, peace and security as part of its security ... Informed by the Defense Department's Implementation Guide for Women, Peace and Security, the tool defines women, peace and security-related ...
... U.S. and Canada, will bring together foreign ministers from the 16 nations that provided combat, combat support or combat service support forces to the U.N. Command during the Korean war, as well as other important parties, such as South Korea and Japan, State Department officials said in December.
Chris Willis, deputy director for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, capability manager of the 1st SFAB at the Maneuver Center of Excellence on Fort Benning, and retired colonel, was Jensen's commander during one of the advising deployments and recommended Jensen join the SFAB.
And, McKenzie denied Russian claims that the United States was responsible for drone attacks on Russian airfields in Syria. "I can tell you ... There have been terrorist attacks against civilian targets inside Iraq, but the U.S. assessment is that local forces can handle the challenge, they said. "It could be local ...
11, 2018 -- Combating human trafficking is a responsibility the Defense Department takes very seriously, Anthony M. Kurta, deputy Assistant Secretary of ... Known as Memex, the program is being leveraged today by U.S. law enforcement and military and intelligence entities to dismantle human trafficking ...
11, 2018 -- The vast, global networks of the Defense Department are under constant attack, with the sophistication of the cyber assaults increasing, the director ... Alan R. Lynn, who is also the commander of the Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Networks, described some of the ...
Southwest Asia, Jan. 5, 2018 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Dec. 29, 2017, and yesterday, conducting 58 strikes consisting of 84 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Graphic of solider pointing ...
The Chairman the Pentagon Needs ... There's a new acronym that has taken hold across the Department of Defense over the last two years or so: TMM. ... and North Korea; North Korea's accelerated nuclear program and its burgeoning threat to Northeast Asia and the United States; Russian and Chinese ...
Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 5, 2018 -- For many reservists, work life does not end when they take off the uniform. Air Force Maj. Francis J. Tobias is one of these airmen. Aside from a change of setting and suit and tie, his profession remains the same. Maj. Francis J. Tobias, director of Equal Opportunity for the ...
San Antonio, Jan. 5, 2018 -- On a brightly lit football field inside the Alamodome here, a disparate chorus of clamor and musical instruments reverberates throughout the structure as high school football players and band members practice for the performance of their lives, the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The 2017 results of the Defense Department's Joint Outpatient Experience Survey show an increase in patient satisfaction with military medical facilities ... Gliner said the U.S. Army Medical Command is working to stand up a website that will better help military health facilities to share their ideas and further ...
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, administers a ceremonial oath of office to army Secretary Mark T. Esper at the Pentagon's Hall of heroes, Jan. ... the George Washington University, and he served with the Heritage Foundation, in the Defense Department, at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ...
Leah and Evan Morgan, a husband-and-wife team from Huntington District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, show off a hand-drawn Christmas tree sent to them by Sunday school students from First Missionary Baptist Church in Culloden, W.Va., Jan. 1, 2018. The couple is deployed to Puerto Rico to support ...
Southwest Asia, Jan. 4, 2018 -- A coalition team working with Syrian partners erected a steel bridge in only 16 hours Dec. 27 near the village of Hawi al-Hawa, west of Syria's Raqqa Province. engineers attached to Operation Inherent Resolve's Special Operations Joint Task Force led the effort, which officials said ...
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark., Jan. 4, 2018 -- The Arkansas National Guard conducted a cyber training exercise here last month. The exercise was part of the Cyber Security Incident Response Training in which participants took part. Air Force Maj. Eroica Waggoner analyzes the coding necessary to maintain ...
People are worried that U.S. adversaries might use drones to monitor troop movements, supply levels or training exercises inside military facilities, said ... The Defense Department detected nearly 100 unauthorized drones flying near the Pentagon over a two-month period last year, according to officials ...
Southwest Asia, Jan. 1, 2018 -- Today, the 70 nations and four organizations that comprise the coalition that's dedicated to the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reflect on progress made in 2017 and look forward to 2018, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
In December, the Pentagon began preparing how to let transgender individuals join the military, using court-ordered guidelines issued by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2016 when he lifted the ban on transgender service members in the military. Last summer, President Trump tweeted that ...
A military explosive used by The Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, and its disposal, is poisoning soil in the ... First developed by the U.S. military during World War II, the explosive is turning up in drinking water supplies near military sites across the United States.
The self-contained border guard equipment program represents a multinational effort, with the U.S. allocating more than $300 million to Iraq's border security efforts, and with members of Spanish Guardia Civil, or Civil Guard, leading the training, according to officials. Many other coalition forces will be ...
Conversations about the military use of artificial intelligence usually bring to mind the "Terminator" movies, where a super-intelligent AI turns evil and tries to destroy humanity. This month, the US Defense Department announced that it has indeed taken a major step toward regular use of artificial intelligence ...
"They were always patrolling. These guys were documenting our activities and were involved in the process," Ackerman said. "They're protecting us, but they're also protecting the assets -- without even being told." The assets, he said, included pallets of water, food, emergency supplies and equipment.
The United States tipping off Russia of a potential ISIS attack in St. Petersburg is an example of ways the countries can work together against the group. ... In both Iraq and Syria, U.S. troops will be shifting from an offensive terrain-seizing approach to a stabilizing effort focused on supporting the diplomatic ...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2017 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he's impressed by service members' high morale and the steadfastness of the force in light of its involvement in more than a decade of war. The secretary spoke to Pentagon reporters this morning. "We have reenlistment rates that are good. We have ...
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea, Dec. 29, 2017 -- After visiting family in Santa Ana, California, Air Force Staff Sgt. Cassidy McCurdy, an independent duty medical technician with the 51st Medical Group here, was heading back to her base on a connecting flight from San Francisco to Seattle, when things took an unexpected ...
One of Robins Air Force Base's physicians was given the opportunity to take part in the program, which is typically only attended by members of U.S. Pacific Command. "I saw between 50 and a hundred patients a day," Butler said. "To put that in perspective, I see about 10 to 15 a day while working at ...
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS, Dec. 28, 2017 -- The French navy amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre with embarked U.S. Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and the expeditionary mobile base ship USS ...
forward operating base FENTY, Afghanistan, Dec. 24, 2017 -- Flo Groberg celebrated Christmas at home with his brothers- and sisters-in-arms this year. Home is this base outside Jalalabad where Groberg was deployed in 2012 as an army 1st lieutenant. After retiring as a captain, he has returned as a symbol of ...
The Defense Department's failure to report "significant numbers" of disqualifying records to the FBI's national background check system allowed former U.S. Air Force member Devin P. Kelley to buy a rifle and shoot 26 people to death Nov. 5 in a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church, the lawsuit said.
These remarks lend added force to T. Negeen Pegahi's keenly observed essay on the decline of deterrence in U.S. national security strategy -- a phenomenon ... In the United States, we are accustomed to fighting our wars abroad, but we still call the big building with five sides "the Department of Defense.
"They were always patrolling. These guys were documenting our activities and were involved in the process," Ackerman said. "They're protecting us, but they're also protecting the assets -- without even being told." The assets, he said, included pallets of water, food, emergency supplies and equipment.
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea, Dec. 29, 2017 -- After visiting family in Santa Ana, California, Air Force Staff Sgt. Cassidy McCurdy, an independent duty medical technician with the 51st Medical Group here, was heading back to her base on a connecting flight from San Francisco to Seattle, when things took an unexpected ...
This is an evolution of the U.S. military spurred by the lessons of war, the secretary said. Mattis said he does not want a force that is dominant in yesterday's challenges, but irrelevant in today's. The general purpose force, he added, is going to have to have the capabilities that were once associated only with ...


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