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February 11, 2016
Carter Meets With Saudi Defense Minister
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met in Brussels to discuss their nations’ shared security challenges, including the effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
Afghan Forces Need to Develop 4 Capabilities, General Says
Afghan security forces need to develop four capabilities to be successful, Resolute Support Mission spokesman Army Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said.
NATO to Provide Aid to Migrants Crossing Aegean Sea
NATO will provide a maritime force to help the thousands of refugees escaping civil war in Syria, many of whom fall into the hands of human traffickers, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.
Budget Request Trims Modernization; Procurement Funds Buy Capability
Modernization took the biggest hit in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2017 budget request, but the $102.5 billion in the procurement account can purchase a lot of capabilities, Mike McCord, DoD’s chief financial officer, told reporters at a Feb. 9 Pentagon news conference.
Carter: Meeting of Defense Ministers Marks New Stage in ISIL Fight
The first face-to-face meeting of defense ministers from nations contributing to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marks the beginning of a new stage in the campaign, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Carter Encouraged by Developing NATO Capabilities
During meetings in Brussels, NATO defense ministers discussed deterring and defending against high-end threats emanating from Russia and the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses to southern allies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
February 10, 2016
F-35 Program Moving Forward, Addressing Challenges, Official Says
The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is accelerating and growing while addressing various challenges, the program's executive officer said.
Carter, Polish Counterpart Discuss European Reassurance Initiative
The European Reassurance Initiative highlighted a meeting between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
OIR Spokesman: Counter-ISIL Progress Continues
As Iraqi security forces make progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Canada’s vow to expand its contributions in the fight is a welcomed commitment, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.