Military February 13, 2018

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis: On the Record Press Gaggle by Secretary James N. Mattis Press Operations
By David DeKunder, 502nd Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Sisters in Different Services Train Together
By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Lincoln: The Man, the President, the Inventor
Although the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, is best known for abolishing slavery and keeping the United States together through the Civil War, he also was a huge supporter of science, and is the only U.S. president to have been awarded a patent.

His invention? A device called “Buoying Vessels Over Shoals,” intended to help boats navigate shallow waters by using sturdy waterproof fabric chambers that could be inflated when it was obvious a ship was close to becoming stuck. The air pockets would lift the watercraft above the surface of the water, providing enough clearance to avoid crashing or stranding.
Press Operations: DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal
“To address the scope and pace of our competitors’ and adversaries’ ambitions and capabilities, we must invest in modernization of key capabilities through sustained, predictable budgets. Our backlog of deferred readiness, procurement, and modernization requirements has grown in the last decade and a half and can no longer be ignored. We will make targeted, disciplined increases in personnel and platforms to meet key capability and capacity needs. The 2018 National Defense Strategy underpins our planned fiscal year 2019-2023 budgets, accelerating our modernization programs and devoting additional resources in a sustained effort to solidify our competitive advantage.” – Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: President’s Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget Request Calls for $686.1 Billion