home office of the brave
The Pentagon serves as the headquarters of the Department of Defense, which oversees all branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The DOD’s mission is “to provide a lethal Joint Force to defend the security of our country and sustain American influence abroad.”
The origin story
The Department of Defense was originally called the War Department, and in 1941, it had 24,000 employees spread out across 17 buildings in Washington, D.C. As Hitler’s army marched through Europe, Congress and President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt the need to consolidate command of America’s armed forces in a single headquarters. The result? The Pentagon. While the plan for the Pentagon was fairly transparent, here are 10 secrets operations the U.S. government didn’t want anyone to know.