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DOD Improves Recruiting, Retention Efforts

The military services are working hard to improve their recruiting efforts in spite of a variety of challenges, the Defense Department’s top personnel official said. James N. Stewart, who is performing the duties of the undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, testified on recruiting and retention during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee yesterday. ...

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Pentagon: U.S. Leads World in Nuke Reduction Efforts

For decades, the United States has led the world in efforts to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the current state of arms control efforts. Successive treaties enabled reductions in strategic U.S. nuclear warheads, first to 6,000, and ultimately to 1,550, ...

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Pentagon: 2020 Budget Request Essential to Security

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, Defense Department Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer David L. Norquist and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford testified about the fiscal year 2020 defense budget request at a Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee hearing Wednesday in Washington. Main Points The fiscal year 2020 defense budget request of $750 ...

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Armed Forces Entertainment Boosts Troop Morale

Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment provides the best American entertainment to U.S. troops and family members stationed overseas, prioritizing remote and isolated locations, ships at sea and contingency operations. AFE is an Air Force command, but it brings entertainment to members of all five branches of the armed forces. It often provides transportation and logistical support for the USO, ...

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Pentagon Testing Hypersonics, Directed Energy Weapons, Lasers

The Defense Department’s enduring mission is to provide combat-ready forces to deter war and protect the security of the United States. One of the ways DOD maintains the competitive edge of its troops is through a diverse system of research and development laboratories. DOD laboratories design new tools for cyber defense, evaluate new concepts for autonomous vehicles and advance military-critical ...

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Nuclear Triad Important to America’s National Security

The United States’ strategic nuclear arsenal has been based on the nuclear triad system since the 1960s. The triad refers to the three categories of nuclear delivery vehicles: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic aerial bombers. Why It’s Important The purpose of the nuclear triad is to reduce the possibility that an enemy could destroy all the ...

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DOD Task Force to Address Military Sexual Assaults

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan released a memorandum to all of the military services announcing the establishment of a Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force. Why a Task Force is Needed “Sexual assault impacts the entire force. … None of us are immune to this crime, and all of us are responsible,” Shanahan said in the memo. “I am ...

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Pentagon: Humanitarian Operations Save Lives, Build Goodwill

The Defense Department frequently participates in humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions in the U.S. and abroad. DOD is uniquely postured to provide this assistance because of assets such as transport ships and aircraft, medical personnel, engineering equipment and search and rescue expertise. DOD almost always works in cooperation with other federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations, such as the Red ...

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AI Could Speed Background Investigations > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

Mark Nehmer, the technical director for research and development and technology transfer at the Defense Security Service’s National Background Investigative Services, recently spoke about the ways artificial intelligence could help speed up background investigations. Nehmer told attendees at the “Genius Machines: The New Age of Artificial Intelligence” event that AI could help reduce existing backlogs and ease the strain on overworked ...

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How Our Layered Missile Defense Network Protects Homeland, Deployed Forces

Defense Department leaders, including Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood and Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; appeared before a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee to discuss the nation’s missile defense policies and programs. Missile defense involves detecting, tracking, intercepting and destroying ...

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Nation Recognizes Vietnam Veterans in Annual Observance

National Vietnam War Veterans Day observances are taking place across the nation, including at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. At “The Wall,” as it’s commonly called, a number of veterans were awarded Vietnam Veteran lapel pins by Kim Joiner, the acting principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, on behalf of the Defense Department. Joiner also participated ...

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Rosie the Riveter Inspired Women to Serve in World War II

“Rosie the Riveter” was an iconic poster of a female factory worker flexing her muscle, exhorting other women to join the World War II effort with the declaration that “We Can Do It!” Mae Krier, 93, an original Rosie the Riveter, worked at Boeing aircraft, producing B-17s and B-29s for the war effort from 1943 to 1945 in Seattle. She is ...

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Military Services, Armed Forces or Uniformed Services? What’s the Difference? > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

There are seven uniformed services: The five armed forces plus the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which falls under the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps, which falls under the Commerce Department. Officers in the PHS Corps and NOAA Corps wear Navy uniforms and use Navy ranks. There are no enlisted ...

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DOD Leaders Make Case to Congress for 2020 Budget Request

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford and Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist went to Capitol Hill to make the case for the Defense Department’s request for fiscal year 2020 funding. The department is seeking $718.3 billion as its part of President Donald J. Trump’s topline request of $750 billion for national security funding. Shanahan ...

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2020 Defense Budget Request Focuses on Great Power Competition

Defense Department officials announced the details of DOD’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. Highlights of the $718.3 billion budget include: Great Power Competition The budget request reflects focus on the great power competition with Russia and China, as called for in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The past two budgets did begin to focus on the NDS, but the greater ...

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