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Q. I'm interested in finding out about the missions and personnel in the Department of Defense. Where can I get that information?

A. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The Department of Defense is a Cabinet-level organization. Reporting to DoD are the three military departments (Army, Navy and Air Force) and 14 defense agencies. The four armed services are subordinate to their military departments. The Marine Corps is a second armed service in the Department of the Navy. The military departments are responsible for recruiting, training and equipping their forces, but operational control of those forces is assigned to one of the unified combatant commands.

For more information, refer to the Defense Almanac website at:
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/almanac/

For more information about the Army, refer to the Army Homepage at:
http://www.army.mil/






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