Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

By Jim Garamone U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference tonight. “As the world knows, the Syrian people have suffered terribly under the prolonged brutality of the Assad regime,” the secretary said. “On April 7, the regime decided to again defy the norms of civilized…

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Trump, Mattis Hail Spending Bill to Fund Strongest Military Ever

By Lisa Ferdinando The $1.3 trillion spending bill President Donald J. Trump signed March 23, 2018 includes the largest military budget in history, reversing years of decline and unpredictable funding, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the White House. “Together, we are going to make our military stronger than ever,” Mattis said in a news conference today, flanked by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, and Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “We in the military are humbled and grateful to the American people for…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Navy Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady for appointment to the rank of admiral, and for assignment as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Grady is currently serving as commander, Sixth Fleet; commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe, Naples Italy. Navy Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard for reappointment to the rank…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced February 9th that the president has made the following nomination: Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino for appointment to the rank of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Aquilino is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; and commander, Fifth Fleet/commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced today the following assignments: Rear Adm. Steven L. Parode will be assigned as director, Warfare Integration Directorate,…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Navy Rear Adm. Brian B. Brown for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Naval Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia. Brown is currently serving as director, Warfare Integration Directorate, N2/N6F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Navy Rear Adm. Gordon D. Peters for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and for assignment as commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland. Peters is…

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Carl Vinson to Visit Vietnam in March

The United States and Vietnam are “like-minded partners” that have a forward-looking relationship, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today as he concluded a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich met today to discuss regional security issues. The secretary said he also met with the president of Vietnam and the general secretary of the Communist Party there. “This is the normal coordination, collaboration, consultation, as we work out a relationship with Vietnam, and leaving things in the past as our starting…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced that the president has made the following nominations January 24th: Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, N2/N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and director of naval intelligence, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Kohler is currently serving as commander, Naval Information Forces, Suffolk, Virginia. Rear Adm. (lower half) Scott D. Conn has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Conn is…

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Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

By Jim Garamone Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told said her office is pushing the responsibility to restore America’s overmatch against any possible foe out to the services. For the last two years, the national defense authorization acts have given new tools to…

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