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Pentagon: Here’s how we’ll help build the wall

Border Wall Construction 2018

The Pentagon revealed just how President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration enables the Department of Defense to secure our borders and illustrates just how little the restrictions in the funding bill actually mean. “The president has declared a national emergency on the southern border,” the Defense Department said Friday in a statement. “The president invoked sections 12302, 284(b)(7), and 2808 ...

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Tulsa

The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16), during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco. U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted ...

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New Defense Strategy Outlines Path Forward for Artificial Intelligence

Boeing prototype for Navy MQ-25 refueling drone competition

The Department of Defense on Feb. 12 released the summary of its strategy on artificial intelligence. The strategy, Harnessing AI to Advance Our Security and Prosperity, outlines how DOD will leverage AI into the future. Key tenets of the strategy are accelerating the delivery and adoption of AI; establishing a common foundation for scaling AI’s impact across DOD and enabling ...

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Navy to Commission Submarine South Dakota > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > News Release View

The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS South Dakota (SSN 790), during an 11 a.m. (EST) ceremony Saturday, Feb. 2, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota. The submarine’s sponsor is Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, wife of the 18th Chairman of the ...

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Pentagon Sending Thousands More Troops to the Southern Border

The Pentagon is sending several thousand more troops to the southwestern border, fulfilling a request made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Currently, there are about 2,3000 troops stationed at the southwestern border. Pentagon officials revealed Tuesday that they will be deploying an additional 2,000 troops as part of the DHS’ request for the military to extend its mission ...

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Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan’s Met with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today at the Pentagon to reaffirm U.S. commitment to NATO, our Article 5 obligations, and transatlantic security ahead of the February Defense Ministerial, according to Acting Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Charles E. Summers Jr. “The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including burden sharing, NATO force readiness, ...

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Navy to Commission Destroyer Michael Monsoor Saturday

The Navy will commission its newest destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), Saturday, Jan. 26, during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, where the ship will be homeported. The second ship in the Zumwalt-class of destroyers, DDG-1001 is named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) ...

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Pentagon Identifies Three Operation Inherent Resolve Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of one soldier, one sailor and one DOD civilian who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The deceased are: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Farmer was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. ...

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Pentagon extends troops at the border as new Migrant Mob forms

The Department of Defense announced Monday that it will continue to support DHS along the U.S. – Mexico border until late 2019. In response to the December 27, 2018 request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan approved Department of Defense assistance to DHS through Sept. 30, 2019. DOD is transitioning its support at ...

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‘We Don’t Take Orders From Bolton:’ Pentagon Plans Syria Withdrawal

National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared to contradict the White House Sunday when he said that the United States withdrawal from Syria would not be immediate, but the Pentagon announced Thursday that without receiving any new direction, they’re moving forward with the mission. “Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and ...

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Wichita

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Jan. 12, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., near Jacksonville, where the ship will be homeported. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Kate Lehrer, author and wife of Wichita native Jim ...

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DoD Launches Talent Exchange Pilot Program to Strengthen the Acquisition Workforce

WASHINGTON — This week the United States Department of Defense (DoD) launched the Defense-Industry Talent Exchange Pilot Program. This acquisition-focused pilot program will enable 13 DoD and private sector participants to gain a better understanding of each other’s business operations, and share innovative best practices. “I am very excited about this groundbreaking program because it gives our DoD acquisition professionals ...

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Appointment of Eric D. Chewning as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense

Eric D. Chewning has accepted the position of chief of staff to the secretary of defense. Mr. Chewning brings an array of military and industry experience to the role. Since October 2017, Mr. Chewning served the administration as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy. Mr. Chewning’s initial service to our nation occurred when he left his position as ...

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Defense Secretary Mattis to leave White House in February [full resignation letter]

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has offered his resignation to President Donald Trump effective February 28, 2019. Mattis spoke of relationships with allies, his agreement with Trump that the U.S. should not the policeman of the world and appreciated the achievements that the administration had made on rebuilding the military. The Defense Secretary then concluded his resignation letter saying: “Because ...

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DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Today the Department of Defense provided to Congress the semiannual report “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan” covering events during the period from June 1 to November 30, 2018. The report was submitted in accordance with requirements in Section 1225 of the Fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as amended by Sections 1231 and 1531 of the Fiscal 2016 ...

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