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Chuck Hagel Bids Farewell to Defense Department Workforce - As he prepares to leave office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said farewell to the military and civilian men and women of the Defense Department`s workforce.

John Kerry Welcomes Vets to Fellowship Program - Veterans took the forefront as Secretary of State John F. Kerry welcomed the inaugural fellows of the Veterans Innovation Partnership today.

Air Force Seeks $10 Billion Over Sequestration Funding - The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides.

Obama Sends Resolution for Use of Force Against ISIL to Congress - President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Airstrikes, Kurdish Forces Push ISIL from Bridgeheads Near Mosul - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve airstrikes in support of the Iraqi government`s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant aided in security forces from the Kurdish region seizing three bridgeheads on the west bank of the Tigris River.

Annual Event Honors Military`s African-American Leaders - Prominent African-Americans from all walks of life have served as a bridge between the past and today, as well as a bridge to the future, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said here Feb. 6.

UN Warns of Decline in Food Security in South Sudan - South Sudan is on the brink of a major food insecurity crisis as millions of people remain trapped by the country`s ongoing internecine fighting, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has warned.

Military Leaders: Resources Key for National Security Strategy - Praising President Barack Obama`s 2015 National Security Strategy for recognizing the challenges the nation faces, the Defense Department`s top civilian and military leaders today stressed the need for an end to scheduled sequestration spending cuts to allow the military to do its part in implementing the strategy.

U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Closing Guantanamo National Security Imperative - The question on closing the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is not whether to do it, but rather is how to do it, a senior Defense Department official said.

Army Approves Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Shooting Victims - Army Secretary John M. McHugh announced today that he has approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood.

UN: West African Communities Receiving Ebola`s Orphans With Open Arms - Grief among the more than 16,000 children orphaned by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa runs deep, but most of them have been taken in by families.

Air Force Takes Part in Off-station Training With Greece - Air Force personnel are in off-station training in Elefsis, Greece, to promote and maintain joint readiness, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

Chuck Hagel: NATO Must Continue to Change in Face of New Threats - The NATO alliance is transforming to address new threats, and it must continue to do so, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Brussels today.

UN Calls for Ceasfire in Libya - The UN strongly condemned the attack carried out by armed groups operating under the Alshuruq Operation in the oil crescent area.

UN Marks 'World Cancer Day' - A huge percentage of the world`s cancer deaths occurring in developing countries can be prevented.

Carter Pledges to Help Resolve DoD Budget Issues - Obama`s defense secretary nominee pledged to protect the nation and its allies in a turbulent world and to work with Congress to find a way through defense budget turmoil.

Dempsey: Budget Proposal Helps Manage Risk, Prepare for Future - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's budget for the next fiscal year.

Chuck Hagel Offers Condolences to French Defense Minister - Chuck Hagel called France`s Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian today to offer his condolences on the Jan. 26 air tragedy in Spain.

Obama Proclaims National African American History Month - We pause to reflect on our progress and our history -- not only to remember, but also to acknowledge our unfinished work. We reject the false notion that our challenges lie only in the past, and we recommit to advancing what has been left undone, Obama said in his proclamation declaring February as National African American History Month.


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