US Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells Senate committee the Iran nuclear deal 'places no imitations on what the Department of Defense can and will do to pursue our defense strategy in the region' - @mollymotoole
Editor's note: Muhsin al-Fadhli, who was killed in Syria on July 8, per the US military, was described as a key al-Qaida figure. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said al-Fadhli was one of the few al-Qaida leaders who had advance knowledge of the September 2001 attacks. - Tom
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting: 'It is with a heavy heart that I learned of today's tragic events in Chattanooga. My thoughts and prayers - along with those of the men and women of the Department of Defense - are with the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence'
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says US Army's plan to cut 40,000 troops 'is another dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy'; 'Stopping this decline will require the Congress to find a bipartisan solution that ends sequestration once and for all' - statement
The Department of Defense 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 more than 2.13 million active duty servicemen and women as well as their support staff of civilian workers. Adding to the total is over 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists from the four services, bringing the total to just over 3.2 million employees.
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 U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of the Navy, and the U.S. 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 including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), 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).