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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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DoD’s Streamlined Acquisition Process Saves Billions

The military services’ top civilian leaders spoke about reform at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Army Secretary Mark T. Esper, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson outlined how the Defense Department is working to meet its mission more efficiently. Key Points: The services have had a cumbersome acquisition process that for ...

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DoD: Venezuela Situation ‘Dire’

Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2020 and the Future Years Defense Program. Southcom’s area of responsibility includes Latin America south of Mexico, the waters adjacent to Central and South America, and the Caribbean Sea. Top Concern Faller said his top ...

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DoD Leaders: Partnerships Key to Defeating Terrorists

Owen West, assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict, and Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker, the Joint Staff’s vice director of operations, discussed the Defense Department’s counterterrorism approach Wednesday during a House Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington. The 2018 National Defense Strategy spells out how the United States will defend the nation and U.S. and coalition ...

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DOD Official Describes U.S. Missile Defense Strategy

James H. Anderson, the assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities, spoke about the 2019 Missile Defense Review at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Jan. 29. He noted that the strategy covers the Defense Department’s three lines of effort: lethality, partnership and reform. Here are his main points: The Threat China and Russia are developing advanced cruise missiles ...

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Space Command Will Integrate Military Space Capabilities

U.S. Space Command will be the U.S. military’s 11th unified combatant command, Vice President Mike Pence announced at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “It will serve alongside other functional commands like Strategic Command and Special Operations Command, and it will be led by a four-star flag officer,” Pence said. “It will establish unified control over all our military space ...

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Services Putting Their Assets on Ice

With great power competition heating up, U.S. military leaders are pointing their planes, ships, subs, missiles and radars north toward the Arctic. Four advisors, representing the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, met for a discussion on the Arctic at the Wilson Center in Washington, Dec. 4. Air Force U.S. aircraft have been operating in ...

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Iran Expands Military Tentacles, State Department Advisor Says

Brian Hook, special representative for Iran and senior policy advisor to the secretary of state, provided evidence of Iran's violation of U.N. resolutions against weapons proliferation during a news conference at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

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