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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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DOD Lab Day Showcases Latest Mine-Killer Technology

During Defense Department Lab Day at the Pentagon, the Army, Marine Corps and Navy all touted autonomous solutions for either finding or killing mines that might put service members in danger. The Army and the Marine Corps combined existing tools — the Army’s old-school M58 mine-clearing line charge and the Marines’ modern expeditionary modular autonomous vehicle — to create an autonomous, ...

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U.S. Space Force: Space No Longer Peaceful

Though there once may have been tranquility in space, that’s likely no longer the case, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “We’re in an era of great power competition, and the next major conflict may be won or lost in space,” Shanahan said. “Space is no longer a sanctuary — it is ...

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Great Power Competition’s Resurgence

What’s great power competition?  Its when large nations vie for the greatest power and influence — not just in their own parts of the world, but also farther out. The United States enjoys a lead there, now, but other nations are nipping at its heels. In the 1990s, the U.S. didn’t have a peer competitor, economically, diplomatically, or militarily, the ...

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Space Force Looks to Stay Light-Years Ahead

The recently announced U.S Space Force won’t be deploying space cadets on bug hunts any time soon — at least it’s not in the plans for now. Instead, its primary role will be to maintain and increase the gap between existing U.S. space capabilities and those of America’s nearest competitors. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan discussed the now-blossoming U.S. ...

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‘Bold Assumption’ Brings Warrior Games to Tampa

This year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games competition — which enhances the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill, and injured service members through adaptive sports — kicks off June 21. In past years, the games have been hosted by the Defense Department, the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the U.S. Olympic Committee. For the first time this year, ...

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