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Defense

Carter opens all military occupations, positions to women

Posted December 8, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted January 9, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates…

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U.S. service members mark Thanksgiving serving on global missions

Posted November 23, 2016 by Jim Garamone

While the vast majority of Americans will be sitting down with family for a Thanksgiving feast, hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members will be on guard around the world, ensuring their fellow citizens enjoy a day of peace. 

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Troop level decision continues to resonate

Posted December 10, 2015 by Jim GaramoneDoD News

BAGRAM AIRFIELD — President Barack Obama’s decision to keep 9,800 American forces in Afghanistan into 2016 has resonated through the region, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission told reporters here today. Army Gen. John F. Campbell said that at this time last year the United States was headed toward 1,000 service members in Afghanistan by…

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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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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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‘Extremely aggressive’ Russia endangers lives, Work says

Posted May 17, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — In buzzing the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea last month, Russia engaged in reckless actions that unnecessarily endangered lives, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. “It’s clear that the Russians are becoming extremely aggressive in both the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea,” Work told reporters May 12, as he traveled from Romania to Poland. Russian…

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Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly 8 years

Posted December 8, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October’s veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30. Susan S. Kelly, who leads DoD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, spoke to DoD News about the October…

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Russia naming U.S. as threat does not change Chairman’s perspective

Posted January 8, 2016 by Jim Garamone DoD News

STUTTGART, Germany — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters traveling with him here that a new Russian national security strategy document naming the United States as a threat does not change his perception of the threat posed by Russia. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the U.S. military “has…

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Military aviation leaders discuss readiness, urge budget certainty

Posted November 13, 2017 by Lisa Ferdinando

Top aviation military officials from the four services addressed Congress today on aviation readiness, all underscoring the urgent need for predictable budgets.

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