Partnered coalition ops continue in Afghanistan despite insider attacks

By Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Partnered operations between coalition and Afghan forces are continuing despite a decision by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan to scale them back in response to a series of deadly insider attacks, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. On Sept. 16, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen ordered that all combined International Security Assistance Force and Afghan operations below the battalion level must be approved at the region ... More

Panelists brainstorm to buffer against supply chain threat

By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department and National Security Agency officials met with members of academia and industry today to discuss managing and protecting an ever-more-global, commercial and financially complex supply chain. As National Cyber Security Awareness month approaches in October, panelists framed dialogue at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies to explore how its significant investment in cyberspace supports global missions. Brett Lambert, deput ... More

DOD backs efforts to keep junk food out of schools

By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department today underscored its support for the work of a group of retired generals and admirals who have again called on Congress to help in reversing the nationwide trend of obesity in young people. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, spoke at the National Press Club here alongside representatives of Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit group that works with Congress, th ... More

DOD focuses on leaders, recruits in sexual assault prevention

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department measures announced yesterday focus on military commanders, senior enlisted and frontline leaders as key in the battle to prevent and respond to sexual assault, a senior defense official said today. Army Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton, director of DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, told American Forces Press Service the department will strengthen pre-command and senior enlisted training and assess initial offic ... More

Combined force detains insurgents, seizes narcotics

International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News KABUL, Afghanistan — A combined security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban facilitator in the Washer district of Helmand province today, military officials reported. The facilitator is alleged to coordinate the movement of insurgent fighters and weapons, as well as coordinating attacks across northern Helmand province, officials said. The security force also seized multiple assault rifles and sev ... More

Official reaffirms DOD commitment to cybersecurity

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department remains vigilant and committed to cybersecurity, especially since its cyber operations present a target for hackers, a senior Pentagon official said here today. Speaking at the Telework Exchange’s fall town meeting, David L. DeVries, the Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer for joint information enterprise, said the department is an attractive target for potential cy ... More

Dempsey: Leadership, trust essential to battling suicide

By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON  — Military leaders have changed the way they approach suicide prevention, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a recent interview with American Forces Press Service. Driven by awareness of the cumulative effects of 10 years of war, leaders are working to build resilience in the force from the moment a service member enters the military, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said. “This is not something we can switch on and off ... More

Navy Adm.: Cooperation key in tackling piracy threat

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Hoping to build on successes over the past year in combating piracy, the top U.S. commander in Europe and other key stakeholders in the fight gathered in London this week to help chart the way forward. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, who also serves as the NATO commander, joined leaders from the NATO Maritime Component Command, European Union, shipping security officials and other experts to explore ways to improve their cooperation in tackling this ... More

DOD implements new flight cancellation policy for travelers

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is working with airlines to implement a new flight cancellation policy that will affect air travel for temporary duty travelers, a Pentagon official said today. Andrea Carlock, chief of the program management branch, which serves as part of the Defense Travel Management Office, discussed the genesis of these changes and the potential impact on DOD travelers. “Effective October 1, 2012, ... More