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.
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Nepal's beleaguered citizens are struggling to recover from the April 25 magnitude-7.8 earthquake, but a USAID official said broader collaboration continues concurrently with U.S. Pacific Command on regional priorities. Article | Video
The Hawaii Air National Guard trains and executes operational, disaster response and humanitarian missions for the state and Pacific Air Forces under U.S. Pacific Command. Article | Video
Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners in Hawaii, which cadre members said strengthen trust, increases cultural awareness and fosters teamwork among the different militaries. Article | Video
For the scientists and lab technicians who work to identify missing service members, "this is not just a job," said Navy Capt. (Dr.) Edward Reedy, head of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. "This is literally their reason for working." Article | Blog
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
The United States has lifted the ban on arms sales to Vietnam, eliminating one more vestige of the Cold War, President Barack Obama said in Hanoi. Story
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the Chinese joint staff department. Story
The deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia briefed reporters on the Defense Department’s annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving China. Story
On Jan. 20, the Department of Defense 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 (CSIS). This report was commissioned as a requirement of Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The CSIS review is consistent with the Department's broad approach to supporting the U.S. Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. It supports our efforts to strengthen, enhance, and broaden our alliances and to build cooperative defense relationships with various 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. That noted, the CSIS independent review does not represent the official position of the Department of Defense.
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With more than 350,000 U.S. troops stationed or deployed to the region, service members routinely engage in one-on-one and multinational training exercises to improve cooperation and enhance interoperability.