Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to reporters after meeting with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Islamic State: "I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle. [...] If help is needed, we will ask for it from Turkey or from other regional countries.'
Pentagon on North Korea missile test: 'We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology... We intend to raise our concerns at the UN to bolster international resolve in holding the DPRK accountable for these actions.' - NBC News
Update: Filing shows retired US Gen. Cartwright charged with 1 count of knowingly making a false statement when asked whether he was source of classified information in book by New York Times reporter - NBC News
US Defense Sec. Ash Carter on Iraqi announcement of offensive in Mosul: 'This is a decisive moment in the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat. The United States and the rest of the international coalition stand ready to support Iraqi Security Forces, Peshmerga fighters and the people of Iraq in the difficult fight ahead' - @W7OA
The Department of Defense (DoD, USDOD, or DOD) is an executive branch department of the federal government of the United States charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the United States Armed Forces. The Department is also the largest employer in the world, with 1.3 million active duty servicemen and women (as of 2015). Adding to the total is over 820 thousand National Guardsmen and Reservists from the four services, and over 740 thousand civilians bringing the total to over 2.8 million employees. It is headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.
The Department of Defense is headed by the Secretary of Defense, a cabinet-level head who reports directly to the President of the United States. Beneath the Department of Defense are three subordinate military departments: the United States Department of the Army, the United States Department of the Navy, and the United States Department of the Air Force. In addition, four national intelligence services are subordinate to the Department of Defense: the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Other Defense Agencies include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Defense Security Service (DSS), and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), all of which are under the command of the Secretary of Defense. Military operations are managed by nine regional or functional Unified Combatant Commands. The Department of Defense also operates several joint services schools, including the National Defense University (NDU) and the National War College (NWC).