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DOD Assists Nigerian Kidnapping Search With Fixed-wing Aircraft

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 – The Defense Department began fixed-wing intelligence flights late yesterday to assist the Nigerian government in finding more than 200 kidnapped young women, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said here today.

The extremist group Boko Haram abducted the young women from the Government Secondary Boarding School in Chibok, Nigeria, on the night of April 14.

“As we’ve said previously, we’ll bring all our assets to bear to assist the Nigerian government,” Warren said.

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Dempsey to Host Chinese Defense Leader at Pentagon

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 – China’s chief of defense is touring American facilities today and will meet with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tomorrow as part of the push to strengthen military-to-military ties between the countries.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey invited People’s Liberation Army Gen. Fang Fenghui for a five-day visit to the United States. Fang is the chief of the general staff of the largest military on Earth.

Hagel Arrives in Saudi Arabia for Defense Ministerial

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 13, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived here today to participate in a Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference.

The bulk of the meetings will take place tomorrow, but shortly after arriving here today, Hagel met with Saudi Vice Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan.

Fox, Philippine Vice President Discuss Bilateral Ties

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 – Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox met at the Pentagon today with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay to discuss enhancing bilateral defense ties and regional security issues.

James Swartout, a spokesman for Fox, said the acting deputy secretary congratulated Binay on the recent signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which deepens U.S. engagement with the Philippines. She also reiterated the U.S. commitment to helping the Philippines develop its maritime domain awareness and maritime security capabilities, he added.

Hagel Meets With Egyptian Foreign Minister at Pentagon

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to discuss recent events in Egypt and the Middle East, as well as the defense relationship between the United States and Egypt.

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Senate Confirms Work as Deputy Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2014 – By voice vote late today, the Senate confirmed Robert O. Work, a retired Marine Corps colonel, to be the next deputy secretary of defense.

Christine H. Fox has been acting deputy secretary since former Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter stepped down in December.

In a statement issued shortly after the Senate vote, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he welcomes Work’s confirmation.

Serbia HA Assessment

Serbia HA Assessment

This video, shot by combat camera staff, shows the current work of a U.S. European Command (EUCOM)'s Civil Affairs (CA) team, accompanied by U.S. Embassy Belgrade representatives.  They are shown conducting follow-up assessment missions for a few of EUCOM's 2009 Humanitarian Assistance (HA) program projects, funded by DSCA's Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid appropriation (OHDACA.) 

DOD Announces Military Equipment Moves with Australia, Egypt

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – Australia has agreed to purchase F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft, and the Defense Department will deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt, a Pentagon spokesman announced today.

Patriot Wing delivers aid, happiness to Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA -- An 11-member Westover crew flew 20 tons of humanitarian aid to this Central American city March 9.

Hagel Notifies Egypt of Upcoming U.S. Certification

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart yesterday that Secretary of State John F. Kerry soon will certify to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States and is meeting its obligations under the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

In a statement summarizing Hagel’S phone call to Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said these certifications are required to obligate fiscal year 2014 funds for assistance to the Egyptian government.

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