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Tips From an Army Special Agent to Avoid Scams

Even the most innocuous data posted to a social media feed can be married up with other publicly available information to provide online criminals the tools they need to exploit members of the military or general public, an Army special agent said. Special Agent Deric Palmer, program manager for the Digital Personal Protection Program, part of the Major Cybercrime Unit ...

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for Defense Department

A hypersonic weapon moving at five times the speed of sound can travel across the Pacific Ocean in just over 100 minutes and U.S. adversaries are developing such weapons now, said Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. “They are quite capable,” Griffin said. “The advantage offered by a hypersonic offense is that it overflies air defenses as ...

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Next-Generation Air Dominance Doesn’t Mean New Aircraft, Air Force Official Says

For about two decades, the Air Force has fielded both the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II — both billed as technical marvels. But what’s next for the Air Force? Developing what officials call next-generation air dominance likely won’t require a new aircraft at all, Air Force leaders have said. “The United States is facing an increasingly competitive global ...

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Esper: Operation Sentinel Will De-Escalate Middle East Waterways Conflict

Just three hours into his new job, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper met with reporters at the Pentagon to discuss Iran, China and the proposed defense budget. A top priority: Operation Sentinel, the U.S. Central Command effort to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, the ...

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Northcom Commander Cites Arctic as Area of Concern

Increased activity in the Arctic is a concern for national security and for U.S. Northern Command, the officer in charge of North American security said. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northcom, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington about the role both agencies play in ...

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U.S. Security Requires Multiple Elements of Deterrence

In the context of U.S. defense policy, “deterrence” is typically understood to mean “nuclear.” And America’s nuclear triad — ground-based missiles, air-delivered bombs, and submarine-launched missiles — serves as America’s biggest form of deterrence, which underwrites everything its men and women in uniform do. But according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, nuclear weapons are just one ...

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DOD Commemorates Founding of POW/MIA Advocacy Group

As the National League of POW/MIA Families enters its 50th year, Defense Department leadership recognized the work they do to help DOD and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency locate those service men and women who have gone missing as a result of serving their nation in the military. In the Pentagon courtyard yesterday, Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POWMIA ...

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U.S., Polish Leaders Agree to Increased American Presence in Poland

More than a year of intense Defense Department-led negotiations between the United States and Poland have yielded an agreement that involves additional U.S. infrastructure in Poland, as well as an increase in the number of U.S. rotational forces that operate there. President Donald J. Trump and Polish president Andrzej Duda signed the agreement Wednesday. “As stated in the joint declaration, ...

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Polish Defense Minister Visits F-35 Facility in Florida

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak visited Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to take a look at the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft. Senior U.S. defense officials said the Polish government has submitted a letter of request to purchase the F-35 aircraft, and that the Defense Department is working through the foreign military sales process to develop an offer ...

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Russia Makes Unreliable Military Partner, Defense Leader Says

There’s no question that Russia has a presence in the Middle East — in particular, in Syria — the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs said during a forum hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington. Russia’s also working with Turkey and Iran and would like to do more, Kathryn Wheelbarger told the audience at the trans-Atlanticism-focused think ...

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Defense Digital Service Delivers Mission-Aligned Tech for DOD

The Defense Digital Service office in the Pentagon looks like no other. The door buzzes open to a bustle of activity and energy. It’s no cube farm. Instead, it feels like a Silicon Valley startup environment. There’s no foosball table or free breakfast cereal, but the place is set up for collaborative work. Launched in 2015, DDS is charged with ...

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DOD Cyber Leaders Assist Industry to Address Threats, Improve Resilience

A lot’s changed on the cyber front in the year since U.S. Cyber Command became a full and independent unified combatant command, and since Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone took over as commander and as director of the National Security Agency. Nakasone and Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s chief information officer addressed those changes to the cyber security environment and ...

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5 Military Installations Lead the Way in Suicide Prevention

A handful of common themes have emerged from among the installations named as top performers in the effort to reduce suicide numbers among service members, families and civilians, the director of the Defense Human Resources Activity said. “The theme has been consistent among these award winners: community, family, connection, connection, connection. And more connections,” William H. Booth said. “That’s the way ...

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Army ‘Got It Right’ With Brigade’s Afghanistan Deployment

The Army’s security force assistance brigades are specialized units that conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations. Soldiers in SFABs are highly trained and among the top tactical leaders in the Army. Their work strengthens U.S. allies and partners while supporting national security objectives and combatant commanders’ warfighting needs. The 1st Security Force Assistance ...

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Navy Could Use AI to Combat Swarms of Enemy Boats

If you’ve ever walked through a cloud of gnats, you’ll know what a nuisance a swarm can be. On the sea, Navy vessels occasionally encounter swarms as well, in the form of tiny, less-than-friendly enemy boats. Navy destroyers, cruisers and littoral combat ships are powerful weapon systems, but a dozen or more tiny boats, each with a cache of weapons, ...

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