Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following:
The Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work traveled to Israel Jan. 12-14. During his visit he met with senior Israeli officials to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast commitment to Israel's security.
The deputy secretary visited Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon, and Director-General of Israeli Ministry of Defense Dan Harel. Their discussions focused on shared national security interests, regional security trends and ways to further strengthen Israel's qualitative military edge.
During the visit, Work observed several demonstrations highlighting ways both countries can use technology to confront threats. He also explored ways to continue to deepen cooperation on defense technology and infrastructure. Additionally, the deputy secretary discussed the development of the department's Third Offset Strategy and advanced capabilities.
The deputy secretary concluded his trip with a visit to Jerusalem. He toured the Old City and paid respects at Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, where he laid a wreath in remembrance.
Work will visit the United Kingdom next. This trip provides an opportunity to build and strengthen key U.S. relationships.