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DoD Invites Vetted Specialists to ‘Hack’ the Pentagon

Posted March 15, 2016 by Cheryl PellerinDoD News

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is launching a pilot program in April to allow vetted computer security specialists to do their best to hack DoD public web pages, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today. “Hack the Pentagon” is the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government, Cook said in a…

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DoD launches new Civilian Performance Appraisal Program

Posted April 6, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Defense Department civilian employees are getting a new, standardized performance appraisal program as part of the department’s New Beginnings initiative. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said New Beginnings represents a series of requirements that grew out of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. “For us, it…

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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Sanctions having a mixed effect on Russia, officials say

Posted February 27, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON– U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress today. “We are hearing, for example, more dissatisfaction of the oligarchs,…

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Afghan transition trends ‘positive,’ Campbell says

Posted February 20, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan delivered an upbeat assessment of progress in the nation, while also acknowledging there is much that needs to be done. Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that there is a new atmosphere in the Afghan capital of Kabul, and…

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Experts: Males also are victims of sexual assault

Posted February 27, 2015 by Jim Garamone

TYSON’S CORNER, Va.– Experts urged Army leaders to reach out to male victims of sexual assault, noting people should not view sexual violence as a crime perpetrated exclusively against women. Jim Hopper, a psychologist and researcher, and Russell Strand, a retired Criminal Investigative Service special agent, spoke about an aspect of sexual violence not often…

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U.S. personnel in Turkey safe, Pentagon spokesman says

Posted July 19, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — All U.S. service members and civilians in Turkey are safe in the wake of the July 15 attempted coup there, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters today. “We’ve taken appropriate steps to maintain the safety and security of our civilian and military personnel, their families and our facilities, and we will continue to…

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NORAD celebrates 60 years tracking Santa

Posted December 3, 2015 by By North American Aerospace Defense Command

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 60th anniversary of tracking Santa’s Yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website launched Dec. 1. It features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French,…

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DoD extends Armed Services YMCA contract

Posted March 20, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced a one-year extension to the Armed Services Young Men’s Christian Association Military Outreach Initiative, according to DoD officials. Originally set to expire in March 2015, the contract with the YMCA will now continue uninterrupted until March 2016. “We are very pleased that we are able to extend this…

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Iraqi Security Forces repel ISIL attack

Posted February 20, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON – An attempt by 20 to 25 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters to attack al Asad Air Base in Iraq was repulsed by “ready and able” Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon press secretary said today. “The attempted attack was led, we believe, by at least several … suicide attackers,” Navy Rear…

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