May 18 is Armed Forces Day
May 17, 2019 - Nations around the world honor their military forces with an Armed Forces Day. In the United States, the celebration is held the third Saturday in May.
John Tyler Elementary Student Enjoy Shadow Day
May 15, 2019 - Students from the John Tyler Elementary, located near the Marine Corps Barracks Washington, enjoyed a “hands on,” morning visit to the Barracks to learn more about their mission and life of the Marines stationed in the DC area. The 30 students got a prime view of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps (the Commandants Own) and ceremonial drills as the Marines prepared for Marine Barracks Washington Evening and Sunset Parade. The program was part of the DoD Director of Administrations, Shadow Day, program providing the Elementary school student at the military personnel serving in the DC area. The program coincides with the national Public Service Recognition Week events. (Photo by Protean Gibril)
DOD, OPM Team Up for Improved Online Training
May 6, 2019 - A new memorandum of agreement between the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management promises to reduce the cost for training for defense employees and enhance the training experience.
Fight, Flight, or Freeze
May 6, 2019 - The neurobiology of trauma, its emotional and physical manifestation and how it affects sexual assault survivors over their life-span, was the topic of a Defense Logistics Agency Energy lunch and learn session May 1. Heather Turner, the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, led an interactive discussion on how the brain is impacted by trauma.
Innovation Board Report Looks to Foment Software Revolution
May 3, 2019 - The Defense Innovation Board, chaired by businessman and software engineer Eric Schmidt — who accompanied Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment — looked at the department’s software acquisition and practices, and discussed the board’s conclusions.
Middle East Security Still Critical to U.S.
April 30, 2019 - Though the National Defense Strategy has shifted U.S. focus to China and Russia as near-peer competitors, North Korea and Iran as “rogue state actors,” and has also placed emphasis on counterterrorism as a priority, the Middle East is still going to be getting U.S. attention, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said.
The next generation learns about DLA
April 26, 2019 - Kids got to see first-hand how DLA Land and Maritime associates often have to adapt to changing requirements when the weather required other plans for Take Your Kid to Work Day activities April 25. DLA Land and Maritime associates and their children gathered in the auditorium, many were excited to be on the installation for the first time, others curious as to what happens at their parents or grandparents work place, but a consensus from all were they were happier to be here with their loved ones rather than at school.
Washington Headquarters Services 2018 Combined Federal Campaign Re-CAP!
April 25, 2019 - Is “Paying it Forward” in your DNA? I would say so. Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) federal personnel were a decisive part of smashing its 2018 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) goal by more than 35 percent and by becoming the second Department of Defense (DoD) agency to exceed its goal – more than 60 days ahead of the extended solicitation deadline.
Executive Order directing transfer of investigative mission signed by President
April 25, 2019 -
Consistent with the Executive Order signed on April 24, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin a phased transition of the investigations conducted by the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to DoD. This action will include the transfer of personnel and resources from NBIB to DSS, as authorized by the president of the United States. The transfer of NBIB's operations, personnel, and resources to DoD will commence not later than June 24, 2019 with the transfer completed by Oct. 1, 2019. DSS will be renamed the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. DCSA will also serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program and shall execute responsibilities relating to continuous vetting, insider threat programs, and any other responsibilities assigned to it by the Secretary of Defense. NBIB and DSS have and will continue to work in an integrated manner to minimize disruptions to existing missions while beginning the transfer process.
Mobile devices and OPSEC
April 16, 2019 - Mobile devices are being introduced into the Department of Defense at an astonishing rate. The Defense Logistics Agency defines mobile devices as a wireless-enabled portable device. These include but are not limited to iPhones, iPads and tablets.
New Washington Headquarters Services Director Selected
April 12, 2019 - Thomas (Tom) M. Muir is the newly appointed Director, Washington Headquarters Services, effective April 15, 2019. He will manage the organization's $1.2 billion budget and its nearly 2,300 civilian, military, and contract employees providing a vast portfolio of complex and integrated operational services supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Military Departments, Defense Agencies and Field Activities, Congress, and the White House.
Artificial Intelligence Could Aid Future Background Investigators
April 8, 2019 - In the future, artificial intelligence could augment the background investigative work performed by humans, cutting the time it takes and providing a more realistic, in-depth and realistic profile of the individual, the technical director for research and development and technology transfer at the Defense Security Service’s National Background Investigative Services said.
A Short History of NATO
April 2, 2019 - At the end of World War II, in Europe, the Soviets and the Americans confronted each other from their occupation zones. Germany was divided into four zones, as was Berlin, the German capital that was squarely in the Soviet zone.
Clear Skies for DOD Cloud Initiative
Feb. 4, 2019 - The Defense Department is unveiling the DOD Cloud Initiative that will move its computer and storage functions to the cloud, the department’s chief information officer said.
Official Explains Federal Tax Changes for Military, Spouses
Jan. 25, 2019 - Most service members and their families will see a reduction in their tax bills this year, but there are a number of changes in U.S. federal tax laws that they need to be aware of, said the executive director of the Pentagon’s Armed Forces Tax Council.
Follow safety tips for a happy holiday season
Dec. 11, 2018 - The Christmas season can be the most joyous of times, but it can also be deadly. Approximately 400 fires occur annually involving Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, resulting in more than a dozen deaths, injuries and more than $10 million in property loss and damage.
Mattis: Bush Taught Others to Live ‘A Life without Regret’
Dec. 1, 2018 - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke for all members of the Defense Department in expressing sorrow for the passing of President George H. W. Bush today during his remarks at the Reagan Defense Forum in California.
DOD AI Industry Day Fosters Relationships with Industry, Academia
Nov. 29, 2018 - In its continued efforts to develop and deploy artificial intelligence to address some of the nation’s toughest defense challenges, the Defense Department, in coordination with Army Research Lab, hosted its second AI Industry Day in Silver Spring, Maryland.
DLA Troop Support provides a taste of home for service members away for the holiday
Nov. 20, 2018 - Service members deployed overseas, as well as those serving at the United States’ southern border, get to experience a taste of home on Thanksgiving Day due to the efforts of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support employees. “America’s military men and women continually make sacrifices to secure our freedom,” said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly, DLA Troop Support commander. “It is our duty to show our gratitude by providing them the very best Thanksgiving meal our country has to offer.”
Halifax Forum Looks for Solutions to World’s Security Challenges
Nov. 16, 2018 - The chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff is one of many security and military leaders attending the Halifax International Security Forum, with discussions covering security challenges throughout the world and the role democracies can play to address them.
The Biggest Audit in Human History ... Really?
Nov. 16, 2018 - The first Defense Department-wide audit covered $2.7 trillion in assets and $2.6 trillion in liabilities for fiscal year 2018, making it most likely the largest known audit of an organization in history, the DOD comptroller said.