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Navy to Commission Guided-Missile Destroyer Paul Ignatius

The Navy will commission its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, July 27, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration ...

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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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Watch: President Trump Participates in the Swearing-In Ceremony for the Secretary of Defense [video + transcript]

President Donald Trump participated Tuesday evening in the swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper. Watch: Complete Transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much everybody. We have a very important moment in our country’s history, actually. And we had a lot of our great Republican senators in the White House, and I invited them over and many ...

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Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise U.S. Servicemen Killed During Battle of Tarawa To Be Returned to United States

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today the remains of at least 22 servicemen, killed during the battle of Tarawa in World War II, are being returned to the United States in an Honorable Carry Ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 17, 2019. The Battle for Tarawa was part of a larger U.S. invasion (Operation GALVANIC) to ...

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Esper Would Continue Pentagon Emphasis on Readiness, Partnerships, Reform

Army Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper told senators that he would continue to prioritize training, modernization, building alliances and partnerships and reforming the Pentagon if he’s confirmed to serve as secretary of defense. Esper, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to assume the Pentagon’s top post, testified at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing today. The committee will make a ...

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Oakland

The U.S. Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland (LCS 24), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, June 29, in Mobile, Alabama. U.S. Representative Ken Calvert of California will deliver the christening ceremony’s principal address. Ms. Kate Brandt, Google’s sustainability officer, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, ...

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Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Daniel Inouye

The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, June 22, in Bath, Maine. The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the ...

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Withdraws Nomination As Domestic Violence Incidents Surface

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confronted past domestic violence issues within his family on Monday and Tuesday as he decided to withdraw from going through with the nomination process. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Shanahan would not be going through with being nominated as Defense Secretary, stating that Shanahan wished to “devote more time with his family.” Trump wished ...

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Shanahan Authorizes 1,000 Additional Troops to Defend Against Middle East Threats

In response to a request from U.S. Central Command for additional forces, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has authorized about 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. In a statement, Shanahan said he made his decision with the advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ...

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Pentagon Announces Additional $250M for Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced today plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1.5 billion since 2014. The new ...

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, June 15, in Marinette, Wisconsin. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota will deliver the christening ceremony’s principal address. Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi Greene will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored ...

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Oracle Accuses Amazon Of Courting Former Employee Involved In A $10 Billion DOD Program

Amazon made a highly lucrative job offer to a former employee while the man was leading a $10 billion winner-take-all cloud computing contract with the government, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Computing giant Oracle alleged in the May 31 complaint that former Department of Defense official Deap Ubhi was offered shares in Amazon and ...

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DOD Official: Widening Military-Civilian Gap Impacts Ability to Sustain Force

The Defense Department wants to bridge the widening military-civilian gap, the Pentagon’s top personnel official told the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. In prepared remarks, Anthony M. Kurta — performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness — said DOD’s ability to sustain the all-volunteer force is predicated on meeting annual recruiting goals, ...

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Border Wall Funding To Take From Ballistic Missile And Surveillance Programs

Border Wall Construction 2018

Roughly $1.5 billion originally intended for a nuclear ballistic missile system and a plane surveillance program will be diverted to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, a move the Pentagon says will not affect its operations. “The Department carefully selected sources for the reprogramming that are excess or early to need and will not adversely affect military preparedness,” read a Defense ...

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Pentagon Sending Additional Forces to U.S. Central Command in Response to Iranian Threats

The Acting Secretary of Defense has approved the movement of USS Arlington (LPD-24) and a Patriot battery to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) as part of the command’s original request for forces from earlier this week. These assets will join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force bomber task force in the Middle East region in ...

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