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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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Trump consulted with Pentagon ahead of northeast Syria troop withdrawal

U.S. President Donald Trump consulted with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley "over the last several days" about a possible Turkish strike in Syria, a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. State Department backs missile sale to Ukraine: statement

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 150 Raytheon Co Javelin missiles and related equipment worth up to $39.2 million to Ukraine, the Defense Department said in a statement on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

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US Confirms Military Strikes From Iran Against Trump Administration [Video]US Confirms Military Strikes From Iran Against Trump Administration

The Department of Defense said the Iranian military retaliated against the Trump administration. The attack came after Trump assassinated Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani. According..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

House approves $1.4 trillion spending deal to avert shutdown [Video]House approves $1.4 trillion spending deal to avert shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $1.4 trillion spending package to avert a partial government shutdown that also would raise the U.S. tobacco purchasing age to 21 and permanently..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Vulnerable Democrats face heavy pressure for supporting impeachment [Video]Vulnerable Democrats face heavy pressure for supporting impeachment

Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin and other House Democrats who captured Republican-held districts in 2018 have come under heavy pressure from some voters and conservative groups after..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:15Published

Amazon blames Trump for loss of Pentagon contract [Video]Amazon blames Trump for loss of Pentagon contract

Amazon on Monday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting "improper pressure" and bias that led the Department of Defense to award a lucrative $10 billion cloud contract to rival Microsoft...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:10Published

Navy secretary ousted over SEAL case [Video]Navy secretary ousted over SEAL case

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired the Navy's top civilian after losing confidence in him over his handling of the high-profile case of a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq, the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published

 

U.S. forces strike Syrian al Qaeda facility: Defense Department

U.S. forces struck an al Qaeda facility north of Idlib in Syria on Saturday in an attack aimed at the organization's leadership, U.S. Central Command, part of the Department of Defense, said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Marine killed in Iraq identified

The Department of Defense (DOD) identified on Sunday the U.S. service member who died during an Iraqi Security Force (IFS) mission as Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado.
Reuters - Published

U.S. presses Cambodia over possible Chinese military presence

The U.S. Defense Department has asked Cambodia to explain why it suddenly turned down an offer to repair a naval base, saying the decision had raised speculation of possible plans for hosting China's..
Reuters - Published

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