Defense Secretary Says 'Integrated Deterrence' Is Cornerstone of U.S. Defense

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The Defense Department is committed to working with allies, partners and like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific and to upholding a free and open region founded on respect for international rules, laws and norms.

The Defense Department pays tribute to the contributions and dedicated service of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of the nation during May and throughout the year.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have helped shape the history of the United States, and many of their lives have been dramatically influenced by moments in U.S. history.

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks says open channels of communication and diplomacy with China are top U.S. priorities, and conflict with China is neither desirable nor inevitable

World War II Navy Lt. Susan Ahn Cuddy was the first female Asian American naval officer and eventually became the service's first female gunnery officer. 

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Reid rescued soldiers from a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Iraq in 2006. For his heroism and gallant actions, Reid received the Silver Star Medal.

As part of a whole-of-government effort to slow and eventually end the pandemic, the United States is sending medical supplies and equipment to India as that country battles the most recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Groton, Connecticut is home to Naval Submarine Base New London; 22 submarines; and the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. It's also home to Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Pearson and his submarine art.

Army Col. Abraham Suhr reflects on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and what it means to him to serve in a diverse military.

A Defense official says Russian influence and meddling in nations around the Mediterranean and the Middle East have been characterized as destabilizing and opportunistic and pose concerns for regional security and stability.

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