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The United States Department of Defense is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces. The DoD is the largest employer in the world, with nearly 1.3 million active-duty service members as of 2016. More employees include over 826,000 National Guard and Reservists from the armed forces, and over 732,000 civilians bringing the total to over 2.8 million employees. Headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the DoD's stated mission is to provide "the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security".

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Google Is Partnering With Department of Defense [Video]

Google Is Partnering With Department of Defense

Google Cloud has landed a deal to help the Department of Defense combat cyber threats worldwide. Business Insider reports the deal will see Google's cloud division provide tools to the DoD's Defense..

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Probe cannot rule out W. House influence on Microsoft contract [Video]

Probe cannot rule out W. House influence on Microsoft contract

The Pentagon's inspector general on Wednesday said it could not determine whether the White House influenced the award of a $10 billion contract to Microsoft Corp over Amazon, after several officials..

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Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Speed Up N95 Mask Production [Video]

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Speed Up N95 Mask Production

The White House has given the go-ahead for the production of over 39 million N95 masks using the Defense Production Act. According to Business Insider, the project will cost $133 million. The..

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USNS Comfort Treating Only Small Number Of Patients [Video]

USNS Comfort Treating Only Small Number Of Patients

K.C. Wilsey/FEMA The 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is only treating a small number of patients in New York City, and part of the problem has been requirements and restrictions for..

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U.S. Orders 100,000 Body Bags In Preparation For More Coronavirus-Related Deaths [Video]

U.S. Orders 100,000 Body Bags In Preparation For More Coronavirus-Related Deaths

The Defense Department ordered 100,000 “military-style body bags for potential civilian use.” According to Gizmodo, COVID-19 spread to all 50 U.S. states and four U.S. territories. Johns Hopkins..

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