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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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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Abraham M. Denmark briefs Pentagon reporters

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Army Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Payton accepting the command colors from incoming commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks.

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    Asia Rebalance

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About the Secretary

Profile photo of Defense Secretary Ash Carter 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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Statement on CSIS Independent Review of U.S. Defense Strategy in The Asia-Pacific Region

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.

Recent Trip

October/November 2015

Map of Carter travel locations: Alaska, South Korea, Malaysia, Hawaii.

Trip Highlights

  • Third visit to the Asia-Pacific in eight months.
  • Met with leaders from more than a dozen nations across East Asia and South Asia.
  • Helped advance the next phase of the U.S. military's rebalance in the region by modernizing longtime alliances and building new partnerships.
  • Attended the 47th annual U.S-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul.
  • Attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Plus meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Delivered keynote address at the 3rd annual Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Map

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement under negotiation by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. The agreement seeks to enhance trade and investment among TPP partner countries; promote innovation, economic growth and development; and support job creation and retention.
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U.S. Pacific Command protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, Pacom is committed to enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness.

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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.

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