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Legacy HomepageNewsSpecial Reports2017 Year in ReviewLethality
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Nuclear Deterrence

  • Our No. 1 priority is maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
  • At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, we are reviewing nuclear posture and ballistic missile defense with an eye toward modernization.
  • Our 2018 budget request includes $14 billion for nuclear force sustainment and operations.

A safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent is there to ensure that a war that can never be won is never fought.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis Sept. 20, 2017 Source
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Defense Budget

For all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of our military than sequestration.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis June 15, 2017 Source
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Warfighter Technology, Readiness

  • Our 63 defense laboratories, warfare and engineering centers ensure our technological advantage.
  • Funding for cutting-edge technology maintains our advantage on the battlefield.
  • We are providing joint warfighter capabilities across the entire spectrum of operations.

We're not going to buy the future, but with the right technology we will enable our men and women to compete differently, and that's where we will get the edge.

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan Nov. 8, 2017 Source
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  • Cyberspace is the world’s newest warfighting domain.
  • The U.S. Cyber Command leads the fight against growing cyber threats.
  • The Cyber Mission Force brings military and civilian talent to the fight.

Since its establishment in 2009, Cyber Command has grown significantly, consistent with the Department of Defense's cyber strategy. This growth and maturation are reflective of major increases in investments in capabilities and infrastructure.

Kenneth P. Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security Aug. 18, 2017 Source
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Taking Care of the Team

We know that without a doubt our people are not only our most valuable resource, but they are also our greatest competitive advantage when it comes to fighting and winning our nation's wars.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Nov. 27, 2017 Source
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