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About DefenseLINK


On behalf of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, we welcome you to DefenseLINK. DefenseLINK is the official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online. The home page for this site is located at http://www.defenselink.mil/.


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's headquarters is at the Pentagon.

The mission of DefenseLINK is to support the overall mission of the Department of Defense by providing official, timely and accurate information about defense policies, organizations, functions and operations. Also, DefenseLINK is the single, unified starting point for finding military information on-line.

This mission is consistent with the DoD Principles of Information, which outline the Department's policy for providing information to military members, DoD civilians, military family members, the American public, the Congress, and the news media. The information you find here is cleared for public release in accordance with applicable DoD policies.

DefenseLINK also hosts the DoD Web Site Registration System, the central registration point for official DOD Web sites. The Web Site Registration System records are in Government Information Locator Service (GILS) format.


DefenseLINK first went on-line in October 1994, and is a cooperative effort between the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) and the Defense Technical Information Center.  Its initial purpose was to simply publish and distribute, in electronic form, DoD news releases.  Since that time, the mission of DefenseLINK has expanded as more information has been published on-line that is of interest to the general public and other specific audiences. DefenseLINK is operated in accordance with current DoD Web Site Administration Policies and Procedures.

Disclaimer for External Links

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.

All links are provided consistent with the mission of DefenseLINK.

Please let us know about existing external links which you believe are inappropriate and about specific additional external links which you believe ought to be included.

Privacy and Security Notice

Our Privacy and Security Notice is posted on a separate page that you can view by clicking here or on the link to Privacy and Security provided at the foot of most pages in DefenseLINK.

Web Policies and other Information for DoD Webmasters

The information for Web Policies and for Military Webmasters is posted on a separate page that you can view by clicking here or on the link to Web Policy provided at the foot of most pages in DefenseLINK.


Documents on DefenseLINK and other military web sites are made available in several formats, based on a combination of factors, including the format of the original document, whether the look of the original document needed to be preserved, the availability of visitors to open different formats, and accessibility for those with physical limitations.   This does not constitute endorsement of one commercial product over another. Note our disclaimer for external links.

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