Department of Defense

As Cyberattacks Mount, Pentagon Looks for Ways to Retaliate

In this file photo, airmen at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., update anti-virus software for Air Force units to assist in the prevention of cyberspace hackers.

WASHINGTON -- A barrage of cyberattacks on government agencies, blue-chip companies and critical infrastructure has prompted Pentagon officials to take a hard look at adapting the military concept that helped keep the world safe from nuclear bombings during the Cold War to the digital battlefield of the 21st century. Mutually assured destructio... more

Senate Confirms Dunford for Joint Chiefs Chairman

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who is currently commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to take over Oct. 1 for Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who will retire after a 41-year Army career. Dunford is a widely respect... more

Pentagon Readying Plan to Lift Transgender Ban

The Pentagon celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Chad J. McNeeley/Navy

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press. An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have si... more

DoD Changing Common Access Card

The Department of Defense's (DoD's) Common Access Card is undergoing modification to make it easier for visually color-impaired security officials to identify bearers who are military, government or contractor civilians, or foreign nationals. Beginning in July, only new CACs will be issued with the changes — encircled letters "W" for military an... more

Military Recruits Still Not Using American-Made Sneakers

In this photo taken Wednesday July 1, 2015, workers, under ultraviolet light, apply cement to the midsole of the military tested New Balance 950v2 sneaker before the outsole is attached in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON  — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods. Over a year after ... more

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