Fort Drum Army Aviators Push Boundaries During Falcon’s Peak Exercise

10th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers from Fort Drum, N.Y., participated in Falcon’s Peak, a 10-day aviation exercise that simulated a rapid readiness deployment of air and ground troops from Fort Drum to Camp Ethan Allen and Camp Johnson in Vermont.

Army Secretary, Senior NCO Discuss Retention, Modernization

Readiness in the Army is trending upward and the service branch remains the most potent fighting force in the world, ready to deploy, fight and win in any conflict, Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters.

Mattis Welcomes Japanese Counterpart, Discusses Regional Security

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to the Pentagon where the leaders discussed ways to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.

African Nations, Western Partners Conduct Airborne Operations at Flintlock 2018

Flintlock is an annual exercise that provides approximately 1,500 service members from more than 20 African, North American and European nations the opportunity to build trust and confidence, and bolster partnerships, with high-altitude low-opening and static line jumps. It is U.S. Africa Command’s largest annual special operations forces exercise.

Pentagon Honors Secretary of Defense Environmental Award Recipients

The Defense Department is honoring nine winners with the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Face of Defense: Airman-Poet Enjoys Community Involvement

A 4th Space Control Squadron’s logistics flight chief and unit deployment manager at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., can be found downtown with his friends, reciting poetry at a restaurant or hosting his own local poetry open mic night on evenings or weekends.

Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing

The Defense Department’s information technology move to the cloud will rapidly deliver advantages to the battlefield by enabling new machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

DoD Honors Barbara Bush as ‘Dedicated Advocate’ for Military

The Defense Department paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush who will be remembered for serving many roles with great significance to many people, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said.

Strikes Successful Against Syrian Chemical Weapons, DoD Officials Say

The strikes last week against Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal were successful in degrading that country’s chemical weapons, research and storage facilities, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said.

Iraqi Air Force Conducts Strike Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria

The Iraqi air force conducted an airstrike near Hajin, Syria, against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists operating near the Iraq-Syria border, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

Mattis, Brazilian Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with Defense Minister Joaquim Silva e Luna of Brazil to discuss the strategic defense relationship between the United States and Brazil.

Army, Marine Corps Stress Importance of Ground Forces Modernization

Army and Marine Corps officials stressed to lawmakers in Washington the urgency in modernizing ground forces amid an increasingly challenging security environment.

25th Infantry Division Soldiers Aid Relief Efforts on Hawaii Island Kauai

Army aviators and other soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division assisted emergency response efforts here for the island’s residents and tourists in the aftermath of recent heavy rainstorms and mudslide-producing flooding.

Marines Use 3-D Printer to Make Replacement Part for F-35 Fighter

Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Combat Logistics Battalion 31 are using 3-D printing to make aircraft parts, saving time and money and avoiding logistics hurdles.

Face of Defense: Army Helicopter Mechanic Earns Officer Scholarship

In 2010, the most destructive earthquake in Haiti’s history struck the Caribbean island, killing more than 100,000 people and leaving about 1.5 million others homeless. Army Spc. Carl Denis and his family were among the people suffering in the aftermath. Eight years later, he has an opportunity to be commissioned…

Mattis, Qatar’s Defense Minister Discuss Mutual Security Interests

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah of Qatar to the Pentagon to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the United States and Qatar.

Speed Must Accompany Innovation, Pentagon Official Tells Senate

The U.S. must focus on getting technology into troops’ hands faster to maintain a technical advantage on the battlefield, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told a Senate panel.

DoD’s Underfunded Maintenance Backlog Exceeds $116 Billion, Official Says

The Defense Department is setting strategic goals to confront the maintenance challenges created by six years of sequestration, the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment told a House panel.

Service Members Seeing First Fruits of Army Acquisition Changes

Changes in the Army acquisition process mean new technology will get to the field faster, including enhanced binocular night-vision goggles, said Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy, who visited Fort Belvoir, Va., to see projects in development.

DoD Must Be More Agile in Technology Development, Official Says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers.

Increasing Global Threats Call for Capabilities to Deter, Defend, Officials Say

The undersecretary of defense for policy said before a House Armed Services Committee panel on strategic forces that in today’s increasingly complex and threatening environment, the Defense Department must sustain the capabilities needed to deter and defend against attacks on the U.S. homeland, its forces abroad and its allies and…

Air Force Inspectors Comb Aircraft for Potential Problems

Airmen from the 19th Maintenance Squadron’s nondestructive inspection shop at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., perform aircraft integrity checks using liquids and a variety of other methods to assist them in searching for cracks in aircraft parts and other imperfections.

ISIS Contained in Syria, Changing Tactics, OIR Spokesman Says

Iraqi security forces and Syrian Democratic Forces continue to contain Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters in areas of the middle Euphrates River valley, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said.

Service Dog Lends War Veteran a Helping Paw

What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members? That is exactly how retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Jones felt as he…

Face of Defense: Doctor Builds Partnerships Through Global Health Engagement

Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Elizabeth Erickson’s experiences in military health outreach around the world allows her to build strong partnerships, and her position as a female officer and physician has given her the unique opportunity to work with and learn from inspiring women around the globe.

Gold Star Children Take on Business World Thanks to TAPS

With the help of a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors initiative, 12 Gold Star children traveled to New York City, where they met Wall Street executives on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the opening bell, toured CBS News headquarters with producers and news anchor Jeff Glor…

Mattis Reaffirms U.S. Albanian Defense Relationship

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon, to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Albania.

Bureau Chief Details National Guard’s Contributions in Senate Hearing

In support of the National Defense Strategy, the National Guard’s focus remains on the war fight, defending and securing the homeland, and building enduring partnerships, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said on Capitol Hill.

Iran Using Yemen as ‘Test Bed’ for Malign Activities, DoD Official Says

Iran is exploiting the situation in Yemen, arming opponents of the internationally recognized government and using the country as a “test bed” for malign activities, a top Defense Department official told lawmakers in Washington.