Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Singapore, where he attended the 15th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue and met with regional counterparts. The visit marked Carter's fifth trip to the region in just over a year to help advance one of his foremost priorities: solidifying the Asia-Pacific rebalance.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and two of his senior naval officers today responded to reporters’ questions about China during the 15th annual International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore. Story
Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with several defense leaders from Asia-Pacific nations today in Singapore during the Shangri-La Dialogue, a major annual forum for key leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss security challenges and opportunities. Story
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Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography
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On Jan. 20, 2016, the Defense Department transmitted to Congress the independent review of U.S. Defense Strategy in the Asia-Pacific region conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report was commissioned as a requirement of Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015. The CSIS review does not represent the official position of the DoD, but it is consistent with the DoD's broad approach to supporting the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. It supports U.S. efforts to strengthen, enhance and broaden our alliances and encourages building cooperative defense relationships with regional partners. Its recommendations also parallel department efforts to update operational concepts and military capabilities to ensure that the future force remains capable of deterring and prevailing in potential conflicts.
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