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Air Force Identifies Platform for Next Air Force One - Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One.

Chuck Hagel Led Change, Maintained Mission Focus - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel led the Defense Department through fundamental changes during his tenure of almost two years.

UN: Farmers in Malawi in Urgent Need of Water - The UN is working closely with Malawi`s Government on a $16 million response plan aimed at protecting farmers from severe flooding.

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

UN Chief Ban Remembers Holocaust Victims - Ban Ki-moon lamented marked the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by calling strongly for the world to work together to stamp out all forms of bigotry, hatred and extremism.

Chuck Hagel Praises New Defense Cooperation Agreements With India - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today applauding agreements on defense cooperation between the United States and India.

Fewer Air Targets as ISIL Terrorists Hide, Change Tactics - Success in the effort to degrade, defeat and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant shouldn't be considered simply in terms of a body count or how much land has changed hands, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.

UN Urges Climate Action - Ban Ki-moon has reiterated the United Nations' ongoing commitment to the post-2015 development agenda and the implementation of a credible climate policy.

Iraqi Training Sites Now Operational, Pentagon Spokesman Says - The fourth and final training site for Iraqi forces started operations today in Irbil, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Latest Deadly Attack in Ukraine - Ban Ki-moon condemned the rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol which killed dozens of civilians.

Chuck Hagel Discusses Alliance Progress With South Korean Counterpart - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo yesterday to discuss recent progress made in strengthening the alliance between their nations and improving deterrence against North Korean provocations and aggression.

Obama Seeks Authorization for Use of Force Against ISIL - In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

U.S. Ships on Standby While Forces Clash in Yemen - While the uprising in Yemen continues with militia forces fighting to take control of the government there, U.S. Navy warships stand ready to respond if needed.

UN: 63 Million Adolescents Out of School - One in five adolescents worldwide is not in school.

Dempsey, Italian Officials to Discuss Security Concerns - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Italy to discuss threats to Italy's southern flank and get the Italian perspective on the country's security issues, ahead of a two-day NATO meeting in Brussels.

Terrorism, Russian Aggression Threaten European Security - Terrorism and Russian aggression are two very distinct threats to European security, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Terrorist Attack on Mali Peacekeepers - Ban Ki-moon condemned a terrorist attack on a UN base in the town of Kidal, which killed a Chadian peacekeeper.

International Criminal Court Opens Probe into Recent Gaza Conflict - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced that she has opened a preliminary examination into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Pentagon Salutes Dr. Martin Luther King`s Life, Legacy - Defense Department members gathered today at the Pentagon`s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.`s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday.

New Report Shows Active-duty Suicides Declined in 2013 - Suicides among active duty members of the U.S. military decreased in 2013 from the previous year, while those among the reserve components were slightly higher, according to a Defense Department report released today.


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