Face of Defense: Former Marine D.I. Continues to Lead

By Marine Corps Cpl. Steve H. Lopez15th Marine Expeditionary UnitMARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 – Marines assigned to the service’s expeditionary units serve as the first responders to crises around the world -- and the units’ success would not be possible without exceptional … [Read more...]

Hagel ‘Quintessentially American,’ Obama Says at Farewell Tribute

By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – President Barack Obama hosted an armed forces farewell tribute to retiring Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. "Today is a celebration of a quintessentially American life; a man … [Read more...]

Sequestration Casts Shadow on Shrinking, Aging Air Force Fleet

By Amaani LyleDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – Today’s Air Force is not only smaller, but its diminutive fleet is older than it has ever been, the service’s chief of staff said today in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III reported … [Read more...]

Kendall: Sequestration Will Harm U.S. Military Superiority

By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – The severe, multiyear budget cuts of sequestration will have a negative impact on the Defense Department and U.S. military technological superiority, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank … [Read more...]

Air Force Identifies Platform for Next Air Force One

Air Force News ServiceWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as … [Read more...]

Greenert Explains Value of Presence, Danger of Cuts

By Amaani LyleDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – Presence remains the mandate of the Navy and the service must operate forward “when and where it matters,” the chief naval officer testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today. However, sequestration in 2013 not … [Read more...]

Offset Strategy Puts Advantage in Hands of U.S., Allies

By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – In the face of one of the most volatile security environments the United States has faced in decades, the Defense Department's Defense Innovation Initiative seeks to halt the erosion of the nation's military technological … [Read more...]

DoD Official Describes Transition Program Progress

By Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – The redesigned Transition Assistance Program gives separating service members a “unique set of capabilities” as they enter the civilian workforce, Susan Kelly, defense transition to veterans program office director, told a … [Read more...]

Marine Corps Commandant Highlights Sequestration’s Impact

By Amaani LyleDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – While the Marine Corps can meet Defense Department Strategic Guidance requirements, there is no margin, and even absent sequestration the service will need recovery years following a decade of war, the service’s commandant … [Read more...]

Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness

By Amaani LyleDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 – With sequestration looming in the 2016 budget, the Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the national security environment is the most uncertain he’s seen in his nearly 40 years of service. Gen. … [Read more...]