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In a video message, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reminded service members and military families about the importance of voting. Story | Special

Odierno: Info, Instability Travel at Similar Speeds

As the world has become more connected, unpredictable and dangerous information travels faster than ever, the Army's chief of staff said at the Aspen Security Forum. Story | Special

Regional Approach to ISIL is Needed, Official Tells Senate

Preventing safe havens for terrorists in Iraq and other countries is a vital security interest for the United States, a senior Defense Department official said. Story

Official: Intelligence Must be Applied to be Useful

Intelligence collection alone isn’t sufficient to secure the nation, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. Story | Special

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Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks at a roll-out ceremony for the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, July 24, 2014. Kendall said the aircraft represents an exponential leap in capability on the cutting edge of technology, and is an integral component of the ongoing U.S. and Australian commitment to stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Courtesy photo

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Face of Defense

Firefighter Feeds Burning Passion for Food

Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Burns II, a fire inspector, fulfills his appetite for cooking by teaching cooking classes, competing in cook-offs, and working as a chef at a local restaurant. Story

In The Spotlight

Military Mail Changes Will Save $4 Million Annually

Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office, a senior Military Postal Service Agency official told DoD News. Story

Focus on the Forces

Multinational Skills Competition to Provide Test for Special Operations Forces

Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced. Story

National Guard

Guardsmen Help to Battle Northwest Blazes

Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing flying C-130 Hercules aircraft are the latest National Guard members to respond to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state. Story


Cyber Guard Exercise Tests People, Partnerships

Public and private partners recently tested coordination and tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

LIVE 415 PM ET: Transformation of the @USArmy since the #Vietnam War told by leading combat generals. #AspenSecurity @NatGeoChannel
Lynn Dugle: The next step in the cyber world is interjecting cyber into the battlefield. #AspenSecurity #DOD #Intelligence
Robert Litt: The rules developed by the National Intelligence are also looked at by the #DOJ. #AspenSecurity #DOD
LIVE at 345 PM ET: Finding a balance between security and liberty #AspenSecurity forum. #DOD #Intelligence #NationalDefense
Michael Vickers: We chase down every lead with nuclear weapons. #DOD #AspenSecurity #NationalSecurity
John Carlin: What your hearing right now are an incredibly complicated situations. #AspenSecurity #NationalSecurity #DOD
John Carlin: We absolutely have to be focused on the national security cyber threat. #AspenSecurity #NationalSecurity #DOD
Michael Vickers: Military force is last resort but, when we have to use direct action we do. #AspenSecurity #DOD #NationalDefense
LIVE 11 AM ET: Start of Day 2 of #AspenSecurity, U.S. counter terrorism strategy and its implications for emerging national security threats
.@GENRayOdierno: The ultimate advantage that we will always have is leadership. #AspenSecurity #DOD #ArmyStrong
.@GENRayOdierno: What we have to try to figure out, is what we are exacly seeing from the Ukraine. #AspenSecurity #DOD #ArmyStrong
.@GENRayOdierno: You got to have an institution that can sustain, when asked about the Iraq situation. #AspenSecurity #DOD #Defense
.@GENRayOdierno says the change in the movement of information is creating instability in nations. #AspenSecurity #ArmyStrong #DOD
LIVE 8 PM ET: #AspenSecurity @GenRayOdierno explains how @USArmy can rise to meet the threats facing us. #Armystrong #DOD #Security
RT @thejointstaff: THUR: GEN @Martin_Dempsey on "Bringing into Balance the Military Instr. of Power" at @AspenSecurity. Don't miss it http:…

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Hear stories about the transformation of the U.S. Army since the #Vietnam War through the voices of its leading combat generals. This evening at the Aspen Security Forum, a session at 615 PM ET will feature a discussion of and clips from , The War Generals, A National Geographic documentary. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live social media coverage.
What are the new weapons and new conceptions of warfare that can help America maintain its strategic and tactical edge? Find out as we cover a discussion about the future of warfare at the Aspen Security Forum today at 5 PM ET.
Shadow in the Night

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jacob Hall stands in front of a U.S. flag as a forklift shines its light, casting his shadow behind him, after a battlefield illumination mission on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014. Hall, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Aerial Refueling Transportation Squadron 352.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson)

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We are still in the post-9/11 era, but we are also in the post-Edward Snowden era. What is the balance between security and liberty? At 345 PM ET today speakers at the Aspen Security Forum will explain what the "right" balance between security and liberty. Follow our Facebook page and Twitter for live coverage on the discussion.
Opening remarks are made at the #AspenSecurity Forum. Today's morning discussion is covering U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy and its implications from emerging national security threats, with #BrianRoss of @ABCNews as the moderator. #DOD #Security #NationalDefense

This morning the Aspen Security Forum will begin with U.S. Counter terrorism Strategy and its implications for Emerging National Security Threats. Follow us on Facebook and twitter for live updates from the event.
Turn family time into fitness time. Try out new ways to get a workout in and incorporate your children.

Using Your Resources: How Your Kids should be An Excuse to Be Fit | DoDLive
Weight gain is a common concern for many Americans. Many gain weight from either good or bad changes in life. Increased work, stress and a slowing metabolism can be some of the many factors. One of the most common reasons women gain weight is from having a baby. All pregnancies are different, but…
.@GENRayOdierno greets guests at the #AspenSecurity Forum. The forum began tonight with Odierno as the speaker. #DOD #Defense #ArmyStrong

Today the Aspen Security Forum will begin at 8 PM ET with U.S. Army, Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno. As the opening discussion, Odierno will cover the Army's role in defending the nation against today's security and fiscal challenges. Odierno will explain how the Army can rise to meet the threats facing us, despite fewer troops and less money.
The Aspen Security Forum begins today. The forum is an annual summer gathering of top-level present and former government officials from national security agencies. This year the forum is expected to explore issues ranging from the threat of weapons of mass destruction, the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the future of warfare, to Congressional oversight and the intersection of privacy, surveillance, and civil liberties. Stay tuned to for live social media coverage and broadcast, and stories and photos highlighting the forum’s events.
Calling All Angels

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation, July 20, 2014, in the skies over Missouri. The Blue Angels are the Navy's precision-flying demonstration team and completed a performance at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Trevor Rhynes)

A step in the right direction — Forward Operating Base Walton officially closes in Afghanistan.

FOB Walton closes: A step in the right direction
The hollow aluminum tent frames, clanked as they hit the ground during quick disassembly. The tents were the last standing structures on a huge empty lot in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, once known as Forward Operating Base Walton.
Live at 10 a.m. EDT: Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno deliver remarks at the Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the Pentagon. Watch it here: http://go.usa.gov/55PR

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Bullets and Butterflies

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing fire an M240 machine gun at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, July 15, 2014.


(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

What’s worse than your GPS not working in the city? When it doesn’t work on your bomb disposal robot. Meet the man who married robotics and navigational technology to work together in GPS-denied environments. #MeetTheScientists

Meet the Scientists: Lee Lemay
Meet the Scientists: What do you get when you marry non-GPS navigational technology and robots? An award-winning electrical engineer named Lee Lemay! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/21/meet-the-scientists-lee-lemay/"><br/>Read More</a>
President Obama has awarded the #MedalOfHonor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts.

(DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signs a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, July 21, 2014. 192 Dutch citizens lost their lives on Flight 17 when it crashed in Ukraine July 17, 2014. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released
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Marines and #sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, have deployed to #Bulgaria to join BSRF 14.2 for exercise Platinum Lion 14-1! Check out the video of their first platoon attack!#PL14#CBAAFU.S. European Command (EUCOM)Camp Lejeune
President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M Pitts at the White House later today.

(Photo courtesy of Military Times)

Join the education discussion and see how the U.S. Department of Education is helping out veterans in the new Serving Smart blog.


Serving Smart: Financial Aid Basics | DoDLive
Today we officially launch our new education blog series, “Serving Smart”. Woohoo! Get the word out by telling your friends, your co-workers, your grocer, ummm…your UPS delivery person. TELL.ALL.PEOPLE. Try to think of this blog as one of those chain letters or Facebook posts where if you don’t fo…
Check out this week's top photos from around the DoD!

Worth A Thousand Words in the DoD | DoDLive
Airman 1st Class Brandon Johnson installs an outboard spoiler control valve on a KC-135 Stratotanker on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., July 15, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier/Released)
#SecKerry will travel to Cairo, #Egypt on July 21 to meet with Egyptian and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza. The United States – and our international partners– are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life. http://go.usa.gov/5BNA

Secretary Kerry Travel to Cairo, Egypt
Nearly 2,000 ballot boxes from Balkh and Ghazni provinces have been transported by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airlift assets to Kabul, Afghanistan for the official Independent Election Commission (IEC).

(Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg)

ISAF supports Afghanistan's presidential election audit
ISAF - International Security Assistance Force, MAZAR-e-SHARIF, Afghanistan (July 18, 2014) – Nearly 2,000 ballot boxes from Balkh and Ghazni provinces have been transported by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airlift assets to Kabul for the official Independent Election Commission (IE…
Splash Landing

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, arrives at Kawaihae Harbor, Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today expressed his personal condolences in a telephone call with Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer of the Netherlands for the 192 Dutch citizens who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/5WTC

DARPA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to develop an implant to help veterans and service members suffering from memory loss due to TBI.

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/5DaP

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Released)


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