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The collision-damaged guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald sits in dry dock at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, July 11, 2017.  LEONARD ADAMS/U.S. NAVY
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‘Significant progress’ made on 7th Fleet’s manning issues, Navy official says

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April 20, 2018
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The head of the Navy’s Surface Forces says the service is solving manning shortages that have plagued the 7th Fleet, which experienced a pair of...
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2018. In response to questioning on Thursday, April 19, before the Senate Armed Services Committee about a nude-photo sharing scandal involving Marines and sexual misconduct, Neller said, "I give you my word that anyone who does violate the rules regardless of whether they are a general or a private, they are going to be held accountable.”  CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES
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Neller: Marines 'in better place' since sexual misconduct scandals

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April 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marines, told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Corps has enacted a series of reforms to reign in the culture of harassment...

DoD’s Underfunded Maintenance Backlog Exceeds $116 Billion, Official Says

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April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON -- The requested $10.5 billion in military construction and family housing programs in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request makes significant progress to...
A screenshot from a video of an Air National Guard master sergeant using a dinosaur hand puppet while reciting the oath of re-enlistment.  SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK
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Colonel who led dinosaur-puppet oath demoted, forced to retire

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April 19, 2018
A Tennessee Air National Guard colonel has been demoted and forced to retire for leading a re-enlistment ceremony during which a senior noncommissioned officer recited her oath...
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense -- also known as THAAD -- interceptor is launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, during Flight Experiment THAAD (FET)-01, July 30, 2017. During the test, the THAAD weapon system successfully intercepted an air-launched, medium-range ballistic missile target. (Missile Defense Agency photo by Leah Garton)

Increasing Global Threats Call for Capabilities to Deter, Defend, Officials Say

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April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON -- In today’s increasingly complex and threatening environment, the Defense Department must sustain the capabilities needed to deter and defend against attacks on the U...
A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Kilo Company poses with a drone during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 20, 2018. The Defense Department has highlighted its need to be more agile in technology development, to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt)

DoD Must Be More Agile in Technology Development, Official Says

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April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for...