Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Australian Defence Minister David Johnston this evening to congratulate him on his new position. Secretary Hagel and Minister Johnston discussed continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance, including through joint military operations. Finally, Secretary Hagel noted that he looks forward to meeting Minister Johnston at the NATO Ministerial next week, and to continuing discussions with Minister Johnston at the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial meetings in Washington, D.C., in November 2013.