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November 2013

U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin IIIArmy Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III is the commander of U.S. Central Command, which focuses on promoting regional cooperation and helping establish conditions for regional security, stability and prosperity within a 20-nation area of responsibility that is among the most complex and volatile in the world.

Centcom Remains Central to U.S. Security Interests

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, who assumed command of U.S. Central Command in 2013, said what happens in the 20-nation Centcom area of responsibility will remain at the forefront of U.S. national security interests long after the Afghanistan transition is completed and crises dominating today’s headlines are resolved. Story

Centcom Priorities

Increase Regional Stability, Security

Centcom Plans for Broader Regional Engagement Post-2014

U.S. Marines assigned to Kilo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, consult on a weapons range, April 27, 2013, in Al Galail, Qatar, during Eagle Resolve 2013.Military-to-military engagements with partners across the Middle East will become increasingly important as the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. Central Command official said. Story

Confront Regional Challenges

Centcom Chief: Middle East Decisions Will Have Wide Impact

Army Pfc. David Diaz, right, assigned to Team Hatchet, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, Task Force 4-25, collects a DNA sample for biometrics from an Afghan man at a security checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Khost province, Sept. 8, 2012.Decisions made today regarding the Middle East will have far-reaching impact on future security, not only in the immediate region, but also around the world, the commander of U.S. Central Command said. Story

Promote Partner Capacity

Transition Opens New Opportunities in Afghanistan, Region

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, left, commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks with coalition service members during a visit to the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 5, 2013.Afghan forces formally assuming the lead in security operations throughout their country and U.S. and coalition forces continuing their drawdowns in Afghanistan is opening new opportunities for the United States to engage more broadly, not just in Afghanistan, but across the region, the top policy and planning officer at U.S. Central Command said. Story

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