Face of Defense: Band Member Entertains at Home, Defends Abroad

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes1st Marine DivisionESCONDIDO, Calif., Feb. 7, 2014 – The lights in the auditorium began to dim until the low mumbles of the audience ceased. The large red curtain on stage rose slowly, revealing dozens of Marines in their dress-blue uniforms, instruments in … [Read more...]

Hagel Recognizes Marines, DOD Agencies for Audit Progress

By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – A "clean audit" is the Holy Grail of U.S. military financial goals. Generations of defense secretaries have pushed an unwieldy and confusing financial system closer to a clean audit, and today Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel … [Read more...]

DODEA Students’ Participation in Advanced Placement Exams Grows

From a Department of Defense Education Activity News ReleaseALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 6, 2014 – Department of Defense Education Activity students took nearly 100 more Advanced Placement exams in the 2012-13 school year than they did in the previous school year, DODEA officials reported today. … [Read more...]

Locklear: U.S. Must Remain ‘Out and About’ to Succeed in Pacific

By Claudette RouloAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – The key to succeeding in the Asia-Pacific region is to be there, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said yesterday during a media forum sponsored by the State Department. Speaking in … [Read more...]

Technology Helps VA Disability Claim Decisions, Official Says

By Terri Moon CronkAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – A new initiative between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has produced technology to help VA expedite disability claim decisions, a Defense Health Agency senior official told a House panel yesterday. The … [Read more...]

DOD Hosts Annual Pentagon Information Technology Shadow Day

By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today urged high school students participating in the 2014 Information Technology Job Shadow Day at the Pentagon to consider a future working for the department. About … [Read more...]

Afghanistan Counternarcotics Efforts Continue, Official Says

By Claudette RouloAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – The United States has made an extraordinary investment in both blood and treasure to eradicate terrorist safe havens and narcotics production in Afghanistan, the Defense Department’s principal director for counternarcotics and … [Read more...]

DARPA Official: Human-Robot Teams Key to Disaster Response

By Cheryl PellerinAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – In the future, when an earthquake or tsunami strikes a populated area or a terrorist attack decimates a city, teams of disaster experts partnered with robots -- whose skills are being honed in rigorous competitions funded by the … [Read more...]

DOD Electronic Health Records Help VA Disability Claims

By Terri Moon CronkAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 – The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. … [Read more...]

Face of Defense: Soldier Recalls Long Road to Guard Service

From a California National Guard News ReleaseSACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Consulate in Nigeria is more island than institution. Centered in the most exclusive section of Lagos, a booming city in Africa’s most populous nation, the mission reflects both the affluence and strength one would … [Read more...]