Author Archives: Jim Garamone

ISIS Caliphate is Gone, But Threat Remains, Dunford Says

By Jim Garamone – There can be no doubt that the strategy to drive ISIS from its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq has succeeded, but that doesn’t mean the struggle against the ideology is over, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Baghdad. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford met with U.S. and coalition leaders in Iraq’s ...

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Esper Nominated as Defense Secretary, Spencer Now Acting Secretary

By Jim Garamone – Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has become acting defense secretary, as the Senate has received the packet nominating Dr. Mark T. Esper to be the confirmed secretary of defense. Eric Chewning, the chief of staff to the defense secretary, said the transition from Esper to Spencer went smoothly. “There is only one secretary of defense, and ...

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Turkey Must Drop Russian S-400 to Stay in F-35 Program, DOD Official Says

By Jim Garamone – The Department of Defense will remove Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program if the nation accepts delivery of the Russian S-400 air defense system, a senior Defense Department official said. Meeting with think tank representatives at the Pentagon, Katie Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said the NATO alliance ...

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Salute to America Offers Lessons About Armed Forces

By Jim Garamone – President Donald J. Trump gave Americans a tutorial on the U.S. military as part of the Salute to America Independence Day celebration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington today. ”Today we come together as one nation with this very special salute to America,” Trump said. ”We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes ...

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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Global Hawk Operating in International Airspace

By Jim Garamone – Defense officials announced today that Iran shot down an unmanned Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, escalating an already tense situation in the Strait of Hormuz. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr., the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said the Iranian action “was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that ...

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Shanahan Authorizes 1,000 Additional Troops to Defend Against Middle East Threats

By Jim Garamone – In response to a request from U.S. Central Command for additional forces, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has authorized about 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. In a statement, Shanahan said he made his decision with the advice of the chairman of the Joint ...

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Arlington Ceremony Remembers America’s Fallen Heroes

By Jim Garamone – Memorial Day is the day that makes possible all other days of the American republic, Vice President Mike Pence said at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. “Without it and the patriots we honor … there would be no other American days,” he said. Pence spoke today following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ...

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Shanahan Approves Force Protection Deployment for Middle East Due to ‘Credible Threats’

By Jim Garamone – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the deployment of about 1,500 service members and additional capabilities to the Middle East to deter Iranian efforts to destabilize the region. The capabilities will be used to improve force protection and safeguard U.S. forces. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, requested ...

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Remembering Those Who Sacrificed for America

By Jim Garamone – When Jane Horton hears someone say “Happy Memorial Day,” it makes every one of her nerves stand on end. “That’s not what the day is about,” the Defense Department’s senior advisor for Gold Star and surviving family members matters. Sure, Memorial Day marks the traditional beginning of the summer vacation season. The three-day weekend involves picnics and barbecues ...

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DOD Official: Widening Military-Civilian Gap Impacts Ability to Sustain Force

By Jim Garamone – The Defense Department wants to bridge the widening military-civilian gap, the Pentagon’s top personnel official told the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. In prepared remarks, Anthony M. Kurta — performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness — said DOD’s ability to sustain the all-volunteer force is predicated on ...

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Military Global Integration Is About Change, Joint Staff Official Says

By Jim Garamone – Military global integration is about change and remaining ahead of possible adversaries, the Joint Staff’s director of strategy, plans and policy said. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Forum in Arlington, Virginia, Air Force Lt. Gen. David W. Allvin detailed the progress the military is making in translating the ideas of global integration into actions. ...

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Navy Hospital Ship Deploying to Help Venezuelan Refugees

By Jim Garamone – The U.S. is sending a hospital ship to aid in the refugee crisis resulting from instability in Venezuela. At the annual Washington Conference on the Americas at the State Department, Vice President Mike Pence announced the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will deploy to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations next month. The ship will ...

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Pentagon Leaders Urge Quick Defense Budget Approval to Sustain Momentum

By Jim Garamone – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan thanked the House Appropriations defense subcommittee for its work last year to pass the DOD budget on time, and asked them to duplicate the feat so the department doesn’t lose momentum. Shanahan and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the budget request will support ...

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A Short History of U.S. Central Command

By Jim Garamone – U.S. Central Command is one of the busiest combatant commands in the U.S. military. It is also one of the newer ones. Centcom really is a result of the hostage crisis in Iran. In 1979, Iranian militants overthrew the Shah of Iran and installed a theocracy. In November of that year, militants stormed the U.S. Embassy ...

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Pentagon: U.S. Must Secure, Safeguard Capabilities in Space

By Jim Garamone – Americans need to be aware of the real threats that China and Russia pose to U.S. capabilities in space. Space is integral to America’s economic and commercial success. Space is now also considered a wartime domain on par with land, sea, air and cyber. Space forms the basis for America’s military advantages, and the country cannot ...

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