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DOD Official Says 34 Service Members Injured by Iranian Blast

The number of U.S. service members injured with traumatic brain injuries totals 34 after a Jan. 8 attack when Iran shot missiles into Al Asad Airbase in Iraq, the Defense Department’s chief spokesperson said today. During an update to the Pentagon press corps, Jonathan Rath Hoffman said Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper directed the acting under secretary for personnel ...

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Hyten: Speed Must Be Put Back Into DOD, Hyten

Sailors stand on a ship watch a plane land.

As long as he is vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten said he will make sure speed is put back into every element of the Pentagon. Inserting speed into everything the Defense Department does is a priority, the vice-chairman told the Center for Strategic and International Studies today in a discussion on ...

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Today’s Army Is More Than Tanks, Bradleys, Army Secretary Says

A group of military helicopters fly above the water with a coastline behind them.

The United States must maintain overmatch — be stronger, better armed, or more skillful than its adversaries, the Army secretary said at the Brooking Institution in Washington. Ryan D. McCarthy addressed Indo-Pacific region Army strategy at the nonprofit public policy organization today. “Our modernization focus — how we fight, what we fight with and who we are — is in ...

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Esper: U.S. Continues to Deploy, Reposition Troops in Middle East

Three Marines wearing combat equipment are silhouetted against a city skyline at night.

The United States continues to deploy and reposition troops throughout the Middle East to bolster U.S. security and force protection and to be prepared for any contingency, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said. “Over the last several days, I’ve had many conversations with our partners and allies about the situation in Iraq and the region,” the secretary told reporters ...

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China Poses Largest Long-Term Threat to U.S., DOD Policy Chief Says

It is not an exaggeration to say China is the greatest long-term threat to the U.S. way of life, but China also poses the greatest challenge to the Defense Department, DOD’s policy chief said. John C. Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, made the assertion during a panel discussion today at the Center for European Policy Analysis Forum in Washington. ...

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Pentagon Officials: Precision of Attack on Saudi Arabia ‘not something we’ve seen in the past’

All indications to this point are that Iran is in some way responsible for the Sept. 14 attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a senior Defense Department official said. At a Pentagon news conference today, Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, said the attack on two civilian facilities has had a dramatic impact ...

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Esper Becomes 27th Defense Secretary

Dr. Mark T. Esper became the 27th defense secretary today during an early-evening White House swearing-in ceremony. Earlier in the day, by a 90-8 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Esper to serve in the office. Esper officially became the defense secretary when the president signed the appointment paperwork preceding the formal swearing in. Esper became acting defense secretary last month after then-acting ...

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Shanahan: U.S. Actions Deterred Attacks on Americans in Iraq

Aboard a military aircraft bound for multinational talks in Asia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan was pressed for answers on tensions in Iran by reporters traveling with him. Noting that May has been “a pretty tense month,” the acting secretary explained that the Defense Department operates in a high-risk environment and gets intelligence consistently that speaks to the threats in ...

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Musician Gene Simmons Visits Service Members, Tours Pentagon

The Pentagon is filled with thousands of visitors every day, but not many of them are world-famous heavy metal rockers. Gene Simmons, bass guitarist, singer and co-founder of the rock band Kiss, said he made his trip to the Pentagon yesterday a priority after a service member attending a concert invited him to visit the building. “He thought I was ...

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Bush Service Dog Takes Oath As Hospital Corpsman

President George H.W. Bush’s former service dog has reported for duty at his new home at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Sully is a Labrador retriever trained to work with persons with disabilities. He was named after U.S. Airways pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, who safely landed a jet on the Hudson River in 2009. ...

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Israel Begins Effort to Counter Lebanese Hezbollah Tunnels

Israeli defense forces have begun an effort to counter tunnels dug in Northern Israel by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa, Canada. The secretary is scheduled to participate in what he described as a small-group meeting in Ottawa to discuss defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Israel is ...

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