Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone

The United States is deeply concerned by the People's Republic of China announcement today that it is establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea. We view this development as a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region. This unilateral action increases the risk of … [Read more...]

Department of Defense Announces Arctic Strategy

Today the Department of Defense released its Arctic Strategy during a speech by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada. The strategy document may be viewed at http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_Arctic_Strategy.pdf. … [Read more...]

Army Releases October 2013 Suicide Information

The Army released suicide data today for the month of October 2013.  Among active-duty soldiers, there were 10 potential suicides:  None have been confirmed as suicide and 10 remain under investigation.  For September 2013, the Army reported nine potential suicides among active-duty soldiers; however, … [Read more...]

U.S.-Israel David’s Sling Weapon System Intercepts Target During Integrated Flight Test

The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency completed a successful intercept test today of the David’s Sling Weapon System. This test, designated David’s Sling Test – 2 (DST-2), is the second intercept test of the Stunner interceptor for the David’s Sling Weapon System, and … [Read more...]

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2013

The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2013. • Active Component.      • Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2013.        o Army – 69,154 accessions, with a … [Read more...]

Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Meeting with Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout: Secretary Hagel welcomed Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to the Pentagon this morning for a meeting on the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship and support to the NATO alliance. This is the second time Secretary Hagel has … [Read more...]

Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout: Secretary Hagel phoned Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi from Omaha, Nebraska prior to departing for the Reagan National Defense Forum in California. Secretary Hagel welcomed the end of the emergency law and curfew in Egypt and … [Read more...]

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, of Seguin, Texas, died Nov. 13, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted … [Read more...]

Flag Officer Assignments

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced today the following assignments: Rear Adm. Thomas E. Beeman will be assigned as assistant deputy surgeon general for Reserve Affairs, Falls Church, Va. Beeman previously served as deputy commander, Navy … [Read more...]

DoD/TSA Partner to Provide Military TSA Precheck at 100 Airports

Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as Reservists and National Guard members, eligible for expedited screening As part of the ongoing effort to move away from a one size fits all security approach and provide more of the traveling public the ability to participate in expedited … [Read more...]