You told us, and we listened. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve taken a step back and looked at the information available to us to try and make Defense.gov a website based on the needs of our viewers. We’ve read your survey responses, analyzed our website statistics, researched search queries and set up user-testing sessions. The new look for Defense.gov is based on those findings.
Below, you’ll find some of the major changes and why they were developed. We hope for and encourage your feedback. Please let us know how we can do better, and it wouldn’t hurt for you to tell us what you think we’re doing right. Use our website feedback form and help us make this the website you come to first for your Department of Defense (DoD) information. Thank you for your interest, and we hope you enjoy the great new features.
Two versions of homepage
One of the major changes we’ve made is to build two distinct homepages. One is for the general public; one is for the Defense community.
To get to these homepages, you’ll notice there are now tabs at the top right corner of the website. By clicking on the two tabs, you can see the different versions of the homepage.
Best of all, the website remembers which one you chose, so the next time you visit you’ll see the last homepage you clicked on.
A new feature on the homepage is the integrated Twitter box. Twitter has become a great tool for DoD leaders to communicate with the troops and share their thoughts. This box shows the latest tweets from DoD leaders.
Links for the Defense community
On the homepage dedicated to the Defense community, we’ve added some of the most requested links from within that community. Those include the most requested links for pay and benefits, publications policies and forms, education benefits, and general information.
Visitors have been asking us for a DoD organizational chart, so now we have one on Defense.gov. To get there, click on “About DoD” in the main navigation menu at the top of the website, and then select “Organization” in the sub-menu.
Not only do you have access to diagrams showing the structure and relationships of organizations within DoD, but you’ll also find descriptions of each organization as well as links to their websites. Click here to visit it now.
Most requested links
On the homepage dedicated to the general public, we’ve added a content block listing some of the most requested links based on our website statistics and top search queries. These links will change regularly, so be sure to check back often to see the latest popular requests.
The mission of Defense.gov 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, Defense.gov is the single, unified starting point for finding military information online.