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The United States Department of Defense is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces. The DoD is the largest employer in the world, with nearly 1.3 million active-duty service members as of 2016. More employees include over 826,000 National Guard and Reservists from the armed forces, and over 732,000 civilians bringing the total to over 2.8 million employees. Headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the DoD's stated mission is to provide "the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security".

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Prepare to shelter in place: NYC mayor [Video]

Prepare to shelter in place: NYC mayor

With the number of reported U.S. cases of the coronavirus surging past 5,200 and deaths approaching 100, millions of Americans hunkered down in their homes, as New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:07Published
More than 40 Americans infected with coronavirus on cruise ship: Fauci [Video]

More than 40 Americans infected with coronavirus on cruise ship: Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said on CBS "Face the Nation" that more than 40 Americans, who were quarantined aboard the Diamond..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:35Published
15 Coronavirus Quarantine Camps Set Up On U.S. Military Bases [Video]

15 Coronavirus Quarantine Camps Set Up On U.S. Military Bases

The U.S., along with other countries have evacuated citizens from Wuhan, China, due to the coronavirus outbreak which has killed over 1,300 people and infected over 64,000. Business Insider says that..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published
Trump Taking Billion From Navy To Build Wall [Video]

Trump Taking Billion From Navy To Build Wall

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad Swysgood The Trump administration is again raiding Pentagon funds in order to defy Congress and pay for the construction of a border wall..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published
Trump to take billions more from military for wall [Video]

Trump to take billions more from military for wall

The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published
A dip on Wall Street as coronavirus fears strike [Video]

A dip on Wall Street as coronavirus fears strike

Wall Street finished lower on Thursday as investors took a cautious stance after a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in China. Conway G. Gittens has the recap.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:51Published
Iranian missile strike injures 50 troops: Pentagon [Video]

Iranian missile strike injures 50 troops: Pentagon

The Pentagon now says that 50 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after an Iranian missile strike earlier this month.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:54Published

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The U.S. military said on Friday it will halt, with some exceptions, domestic travel for service members, Defense Department civilians and families in a move aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus..
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Pentagon to reconsider Jedi $10bn cloud contract

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The US Department of Defense is to "reconsider" its decision to award a multi-billion...
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US strikes Iran-backed group that hit Iraq base

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The US launched airstrikes today in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base..
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Pentagon seeks to reconsider parts of $10 billion cloud contract awarded to Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking court permission to reconsider certain aspects of its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp, court filings showed on..
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Pentagon chief says all options on table after Iraq rocket attack

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that all options were on the table after a rocket attack in Iraq killed one British and two American troops, an attack he said was by Iranian-backed..
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U.S. Defense Department sets coronavirus-related travel restrictions

U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday announced it was placing a 60-day travel restriction for service members, Pentagon civilians and families traveling to, from or through countries that had..
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U.S. judge says Amazon likely to succeed on key argument in contract challenge

A U.S. judge said Amazon.com Inc is likely to succeed on a key argument of its challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense's decision to award cloud computing deal worth up to $10 billion to Microsoft..
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DOD linguist charged with espionage; accused of supplying U.S. intel sources to Hezbollah contact

Defense linguist charged with espionage; accused of supplying U.S. intel sources to Hezbollah contact
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Defense Department weakens U.S. military housing bill after consulting industry

A sweeping U.S. military housing reform plan, pitched as a way to protect service families from shoddy homes and unresponsive landlords, has been watered down to remove several protections tenants and..
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U.S. Defense linguist charged with transmitting classified intelligence

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it had charged a Defense Department linguist with transmitting classified intelligence to a foreign national linked to the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah,..
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Taliban accord hopeful moment but road ahead not easy: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that the United States would remain committed to Afghan security forces and while the signing of a historic accord between Washington and the Taliban..
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Pentagon chief lands in Afghanistan ahead of U.S., Taliban deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Saturday, in a move officials and experts said was aimed at reassuring the Afghan government about the United States' commitment to the country..
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US wants new nuclear weapons to counter Russia but says there is no arms race

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Washington (CNN)During a visit to US Strategic Command last week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper oversaw a "table top" war game exercise where Russian military forces used a "tactical" nuclear weapon..
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Pentagon chief visits nuke base to highlight weapon spending

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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan..
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Trump ousts DOD official connected to Ukraine aid

President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing..
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Trump thanks DOD official for service, in apparent nod to his departure

U.S. President Donald Trump thanked a senior Pentagon official for his service on Wednesday, appearing to confirm the departure of the Defense Department's key policy official.
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Pompeo Wraps Up Visit to Senegal

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a visit to Senegal on Sunday, where he discussed the U.S. role in security issues in Africa. This visit came as the U.S. Defense Department is conducting a..
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Trump to take billions more from military for wall

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Judge grants Amazon motion for pause in Microsoft's Pentagon contract work

A U.S. judge on Thursday granted Amazon.com Inc's request to temporarily halt the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp from moving forward on an up-to-$10 billion cloud computing deal that..
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U.S. judge orders temporary halt to Microsoft's work on Pentagon's JEDI contract

A U.S. judge on Thursday granted Amazon.com Inc's request for a preliminary injunction to pause the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp from moving forward on an up-to-$10 billion cloud..
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Pentagon recoups $6.5 billion via streamlining, sale of old equipment: official

Pentagon belt-tightening efforts identified and redirected $6.5 billion worth of bloated payments, inefficiencies and overlaps last year, a senior Defense Department official said.
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U.S. deploys 'more survivable' submarine-launched low-yield nuclear weapon

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DOJ acknowledges emails showing details of Trump’s thinking on Ukraine aid freeze

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Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

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Pentagon gets request to build roughly 270 miles of Trump border wall

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Amazon to seek order to block Microsoft from working on DoD's JEDI contract

Amazon.com Inc will ask a judge to temporarily block Microsoft Corp from working on a $10 billion cloud contract from the Pentagon, a court filing showed on Monday.
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DOD chief Esper says he ‘didn’t see’ evidence of an Iranian plot to attack four embassies

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Top Trump administration officials struggled Sunday morning to defend an airstrike that killed a senior Iranian general, acknowledging that they could not confirm President Donald Trump’s assertion..
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Hit on Kenya base kills 3 Americans

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Al-Shabab extremists on Sunday overran a key military base used by American counterterrorism forces in Kenya, killing three U.S. Defense Department personnel and damaging or..
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U.S. Military Branches Block Access to TikTok App Amid Pentagon Warning

The Department of Defense advised military personnel to remove the Chinese-owned social media application from government-issued and personal smartphones.
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