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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin are briefed on future Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement plans as they arrive at Puerto Princess Airport in Palawan, Philippines in route to visit the USS Stennis that was in the South China Sea April 15, 2016. Carter is visiting the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.(Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)(Released)

Learn about the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) – a pact that would, among other things, give U.S. troops access to Philippine military bases on a rotational basis.
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A U.S. Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle armed with Hellfire missiles prepares to take off from Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2011. Army photo by 1st Lt. Jason Sweeney

There’s been a lot of talk about a 3rd Offset Strategy lately in the DoD. But what exactly is it? We’ll break down the basics here.
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U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) attached to Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conduct a security patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2011. The FET aids the infantry Marines by engaging Afghan women and children in support of the International Security Assistance Force. DoD photo by Marine Corps Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum

Defense Secretary Carter says women have aided in the defense of our nation since its inception, and they will continue to be vital contributors long into the future.
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Pararescue jumpers and combat rescue officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing conduct mass casualty training with the BATMAN system at FS Gabreski ANG, Aug. 25, 2015. The BATMAN system applies an airmen-centric design approach to all its research and development efforts to maximize the airmen's mission effectiveness and efficiency. New York Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S Muncy

Electromagnetic railguns, exoskeletons, cockroach-sized robotics – these are all things the DoD’s research labs are working on to protect our fighting force.
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U.S., Australian, European and Afghan coalition members make up the color guard at the Army change of command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016. Photo by D. Myles Cullen

Nothing illustrates the magnitude of the Resolute Support Mission coalition’s efforts in Afghanistan as much as the different styles of hats on display.
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