The following is Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s welcome message to Department of Defense personnel on Feb. 17, 2015 — his first day on the job. Read More
The following is Chuck Hagel’s Feb. 13, 2015 farewell message to the Department of Defense. Read More
The following is the Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members in 2013. The report was released on Jan. 16, 2014. Read More
The following is Jan. 7, 2014 Department of Defense instruction that outlines the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative. Read More
The following is the 2014 Department of Defense Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, issued on Oct., 13 2014. Read More
The following is the Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, released on Monday. Read More
The first batch of Syrian chemical weapons have been moved out of the war-ravaged country in order to be destroyed, United Nations officials announced on Tuesday. Read More
The Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee has voted to deny the Pentagon’s request to start a new Base Realignment and Closure commission to shutter what the Department of Defense calls excess facilitates.
As part of the Pentagon’s $526.6 billion budget request, the DoD requested permission to close additional bases in a cost savings measure. The Pentagon asked for $2.4 billion to be spent over five years to begin a new round of BRAC. Read More
China has accepted an invitation from the U.S. to join the 2014 Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off of Hawaii.
However, members of Congress have raised questions if the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s inclusion as part of RIMPAC will violate provisions of a 2000 U.S. defense bill that restricts the level of military to military contact the Pentagon can have with its Chinese counterparts.
The following is an April Congressional Research Service report that broadly outlines the history of the defense law and the U.S. military relationship with China. Read More
From the Pentagon’s May, 12 2013 Air-Sea Battle Concept outline:
While ASB is not a strategy, it is an important component of DoD’s strategic mission to project power and sustain operations in the global commons during peacetime or crisis. Implementation of the ASB Concept, coordinated through the ASB office, is designed to develop the force over the long-term, and will continue to inform institutional, conceptual, and programmatic changes for the Services for years to come. The ASB Concept seeks to provide decision makers with a wide range of options to counter aggression from hostile actors. At the low end of the conflict spectrum, the Concept enables decision makers to maintain freedom of action, conduct a show of force, or conduct limited strikes. At the low end of the conflict spectrum, the Concept enables decision makers to engage with partners to assure access, maintain freedom of action, conduct a show of force, or conduct limited strikes. At the high end of the conflict spectrum, the Concept preserves the ability to defeat aggression and maintain escalation advantage despite the challenges posed by advanced weapons systems. Read More