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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".


U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan identified

A U.S. soldier killed by an improvised bomb in Afghanistan has been identified as Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense said on Friday.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •CBS News

Pentagon to divert funding toward border wall

The Trump administration will shift $3.6 billion in funding away from the Defense Department and move it toward construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Kevin Cirilli of Bloomberg joined CBSN..
CBS News - Published

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Trump defends hotel use amid Air Force controversy [Video]Trump defends hotel use amid Air Force controversy

President Donald Trump dismisses Democrats' allegations of impropriety over the U.S. military's use of a Scottish airport near a Trump-owned golf course. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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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

Pentagon ends Boeing 'kill vehicle' contract, cites technical problems

The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it is canceling a Boeing Co contract for a "kill vehicle" due to technical design problems after spending $1.2 billion on the project.
Reuters - Published

Mark Esper sworn in as defense secretary

The Senate voted to confirm President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Defense, Mark Esper. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 90-8 to confirm him. Esper, who had been serving as Army secretary, is..
CBS News - Published

Four Republican lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract

Four Republican members of U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to move forward with a..
Reuters - Published

Trump says looking closely at Amazon's bid on $10 billion Pentagon contract

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration was looking closely at Amazon.com's bid on a $10 billion cloud contract with the Defense Department after getting complaints from other..
Reuters - Published

Senate holds confirmation hearing for DoD's Mark Esper

Esper could be confirmed to his new role as early as Thursday
CBS News - Published

U.S. military identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. Army soldier killed in Afghanistan was identified on Sunday as decorated special forces company Sergeant Major James G. "Ryan" Sartor of Teague, Texas, the Department of Defense (DOD) said in a..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •USATODAY.com

Nomination of another top Pentagon pick potentially in trouble after questions about conduct

Gen. John Hyten is the third top Defense official to face questions about past conduct in less than a month. A key lawmaker has concerns but Hyten was earlier cleared in a DOD investigation.
USATODAY.com - Published

Former top DOD official Michael Vickers says U.S., China battling to control "industries of the future"

On "Intelligence Matters" this week, Vickers talked with host Michael Morell about the threats posed by China and Russia to the U.S.
CBS News - 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

U.S. Judge Blocks Trump Plan to Shift $2.5 Billion to Pay for Border Wall

The ruling called the White House effort to use Department of Defense money for the project “unlawful.”
NYTimes.com - Published

Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract

Once the highest-ranked civilian at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bunny Greenhouse blew the whistle to expose what she says was wasteful spending, costing taxpayers billions of dollars
CBS News - Published

Sen. Warren seeks investigation of landlord at U.S. Air Force base

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking an official inquiry and demanding answers from the Air Force and one of its top housing contractors following a Reuters-CBS News report describing how the company..
Reuters - Published

After Iran’s Drone Attack, Trump Says This Country ‘Will Not Stand for It’

Iran’s destruction of the high-altitude American drone surprised some Defense Department officials, who said it was in international airspace, an assertion Iran disputed.
NYTimes.com - Published

Finding Opportunities When Military Bases Close

Bases shuttered years ago by a Department of Defense program have turned out to be valuable assets for local communities.
NYTimes.com - Published

Iran's neighbors not yet convinced country is behind oil tanker attack

Soaring tensions between the U.S. and Iran means more U.S. troops are going to the Middle East. The Defense Department is deploying about 1,000 more troops after the U.S. accused Iran of leading last..
CBS News - Published

U.S. military landlord filed false maintenance logs, earning bonuses, Reuters finds

A unit of UK infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty plc falsified housing maintenance records at a major U.S. military base to help it maximize fees earned from the Department of Defense, a Reuters..
Reuters - Published

The Pentagon emits more greenhouse gases than many countries, study says

According to the study written by Boston University professor Neta Crawford, the Defense Department is the world's single largest consumer of oil.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon gets 8.8% discount in $34 billion F-35 jet deal

The U.S. Department of Defense has a "handshake" agreement with Lockheed Martin Co to cut 8.8 percent from the price of its latest order of F-35A fighter jet, shaving a year from the time frame in..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon agrees first multiyear purchase of F-35 jets, worth $34 billion

The U.S. Department of Defense has a "handshake" agreement that would cut the price of the F-35A fighter jet by 8.8% and bring the price of each Lockheed Martin Co aircraft below $80 million dollars a..
Reuters - Published

Slain soldier's dad unhappy with Pentagon action over Niger ambush

Ex-defense chief Mattis ordered review, worried lower ranking soldiers were taking too much blame, but replacement Patrick Shanahan has recommended no more top brass be punished
CBS News - Published

U.S. service members seen wearing MAGA-inspired patches may have broken rules

The patches could fall under the DoD's strict guidelines against showing partisanship
CBS News - Published

Judge blocks some funds Trump sought for U.S.-Mexico border wall

The Trump administration must temporarily halt the use of some Defense Department funds for a border wall with Mexico, a judge ruled on Friday, because the money was not specifically authorized by..
Reuters - Published

U.S. district court partially blocks border wall construction

Trump administration blocked from moving $1 billion that was previously appropriated for other areas within the Defense Department o fund the border wall
CBS News - Published

Pentagon eyes expanding DARPA future warfare research office

The U.S. Department of Defense is close to expanding its legendary future warfare and technology agency DARPA by combining it with the Pentagon office in charge of adapting existing weapons to new..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon mulling military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

Democrat Warren targets Pentagon contractors, calls industry corrupt

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat seeking her party's presidential nomination, on Thursday called for new rules governing Pentagon contractors, saying the industry has become too close to..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon awards $646 million contract for border wall in Arizona

The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it had awarded a $646 million contract to a construction company to design and build a replacement for the border wall in Arizona.
Reuters - Published

Pentagon Builds Deterrent Force Against Possible Iranian Attack

The Defense Department is deploying an antimissile battery, a limited step taken in part because an intelligence analysis concluded that Iran is trying to provoke the United States into overreacting.
NYTimes.com - Published

Pentagon Shifts $1.5 Billion to Border Wall From Afghan War Budget and Other Military Projects

The newest shift in money is in addition to the $1 billion that the Defense Department transferred to wall construction in March from the Army’s personnel budget.
NYTimes.com - Published

Pentagon confirms North Korea launched multiple ballistic missiles

The U.S. Defense Department said launches by North Korea earlier on Thursday consisted of multiple ballistic missiles that flew in excess of 300 km (185 miles) and landed in the ocean.
Reuters - Published

Sexual assaults in U.S. military spike despite Pentagon attempts to crackdown

The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday the estimated number of sexual assaults in the military climbed nearly 38 percent in 2018 compared with a survey two years earlier, data that critics say..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Airstrikes and Raids Killed 120 Civilians in 2018, Pentagon Says

The number of civilian casualties investigated by the Defense Department is far lower than what watchdog groups have also reported.
NYTimes.com - Published

Sexual assaults spike in U.S. military, hit new record: Pentagon

The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday the estimated number of sexual assaults in the military climbed nearly 38 percent in 2018 compared with a survey two years earlier, data that critics say..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon approves 320 more personnel to Mexico border

The U.S. military said on Monday it would send about 320 Defense Department personnel to the border with Mexico in roles that would increasingly put them in contact with migrants, including driving..
Reuters - Published

More troops requested at southern border

The Department of Defense may loosen restrictions prohibiting military interacting with migrants attempting to enter the U.S. Washington Post political reporter Greg Jaffe joins CBSN to discuss why the..
CBS News - Published

E.P.A. Proposes Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

The proposed guidelines could have the largest effect on the Defense Department, which had objected to some of the language in an earlier proposal.
NYTimes.com - Published

ACLU and states seek to stop Trump on border wall funding

The ACLU claims President Trump has overstepped his executive powers by diverting funds from the Defense Department for a border wall
CBS News - Published

Pentagon chief says $1 billion of funding shifted to border wall

The U.S. Department of Defense shifted $1 billion to plan and build a 57-mile section of "pedestrian fencing", roads and lighting along the border between the United States and Mexico, the Pentagon..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria: White House

The U.S. Defense Department says the militant group Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, a White House spokeswoman said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Fact check: Democrats mislead on military pay, pensions

Even if Defense Department does end up moving money to fund Trump's border wall, it would not be “cutting” or “raiding” military pay and pensions.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon sets limits on transgender troops

The U.S. Defense Department signed a memo on Tuesday that would enforce limitations on transgender people serving in the military, a policy that has been the subject of court challenges.
Reuters - Published

Trump plans to divert $6B from military to fund border wall

President Trump is planning to divert $6 billion from the Department of Defense to help pay for construction of the border wall. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin joined CBSN to..
CBS News - Published

DoD: ISIS likely to "resurge" without "sustained pressure"

A DOD report says that ISIS is "regenerating key functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than Syria"
CBS News - Published

2nd American killed in Afghanistan this year identified as Staff Sgt. Joshua Beale

The Department of Defense has identified the second American to be killed this year in Afghanistan as Joshua Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia.
USATODAY.com - Published

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