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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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Google Is Partnering With Department of Defense [Video]

Google Is Partnering With Department of Defense

Google Cloud has landed a deal to help the Department of Defense combat cyber threats worldwide. Business Insider reports the deal will see Google's cloud division provide tools to the DoD's Defense..

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Probe cannot rule out W. House influence on Microsoft contract [Video]

Probe cannot rule out W. House influence on Microsoft contract

The Pentagon's inspector general on Wednesday said it could not determine whether the White House influenced the award of a $10 billion contract to Microsoft Corp over Amazon, after several officials..

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Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Speed Up N95 Mask Production [Video]

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Speed Up N95 Mask Production

The White House has given the go-ahead for the production of over 39 million N95 masks using the Defense Production Act. According to Business Insider, the project will cost $133 million. The..

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Pentagon's deputy inspector general resigns; latest in watchdog role to depart

The Defense Department's deputy inspector general resigned on Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump removed him as the Pentagon's acting inspector general, becoming the latest..
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Exclusive: Pentagon halts rare earths funding program pending 'further research'

The U.S. Department of Defense last month reversed its decision to fund two projects to process rare earth minerals for military weapons, one of which has controversial ties to China, according to a..
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Exclusive: Pentagon halts rare earths funding for Lynas, MP Materials - sources, document

The U.S. Department of Defense last month reversed its decision to fund two projects to process rare earth minerals for military weapons, one of which has controversial ties to China, according to..
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Exclusive: U.S. has not cut Afghan security funds despite Pompeo vow of immediate slash - sources

The U.S. Defense Department has not withheld $1 billion in funding from Afghan security forces despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's vow on March 23 to cut that sum "immediately", five sources..
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Pentagon blasts FCC decision to approve Ligado spectrum plan

The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday blasted a decision by the Federal Communications Commission last month to allow Ligado Networks to deploy a low-power nationwide mobile broadband network,..
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Pentagon officials say Trump's comment Iran a warning, will maintain self-defense

Senior Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's comments on Iran were meant as a warning to Tehran, but suggested that the U.S. military would continue to abide by their..
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Pentagon chief accepts acting Navy Secretary's resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's resignation.
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U.S. military to halt domestic travel due to coronavirus

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 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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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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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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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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Trump administration taking $3.8 billion more from military for Mexico border 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..
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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

The U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday the Navy had fielded a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, something the Pentagon believes is needed to deter adversaries like Russia..
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Pentagon gets request to build roughly 270 miles of Trump border wall

The Pentagon has received a request from within the Trump administration to build roughly 270 miles (435 km) of wall on the border with Mexico and is evaluating its cost and viability, a senior Defense..
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Democratic senators seek to force vote to block Trump border wall funding plan

Senior Democratic senators said on Wednesday that they would try to force another vote to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from taking billions of dollars from the Department of Defense budget to pay..
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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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U.S. House passes massive defense bill, which now heads to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a $738 billion bill setting policy for the U.S. Department of Defense on everything from family leave to fighter jets and the creation of a Space..
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Self-driving car firms rooted in U.S. government competition

Bryan Salesky had little way of knowing in 2007 that his teammates and rivals in a U.S. Defense Department-sponsored competition were laying the foundations for future self-driving businesses now..
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U.S. lawmakers reach deal on massive defense bill, eye Russia, Turkey, China

U.S. lawmakers announced an agreement on Monday on a $738-billion bill setting policy for the Department of Defense, including new measures for competing with Russia and China, family leave for federal..
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