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Work, Australian Defense Secretary Discuss Issues at Pentagon

Dec. 13, 2016 , DOD News

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work today welcomed Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson to the Pentagon, where the two leaders discussed global security issues and opportunities to further bilateral defense cooperation, Work’s spokesperson, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, said in a statement.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, presents a gift to Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson following a meeting at the Pentagon, Dec. 13, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, presents a gift to Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson following a meeting at the Pentagon, Dec. 13, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, presents a gift to Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson following a meeting at the Pentagon, Dec. 13, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, presents a gift to Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson following a meeting at the Pentagon, Dec. 13, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Work and Richardson noted the strategic, operational, and tactical benefits of alliance cooperation for both nations and exchanged insights on how to sustain robust military capabilities, Hillson said.

The two leaders also talked about shipbuilding and maritime security, while highlighting Australia’s receipt of their first P-8A Poseidon aircraft, the spokesperson said. Work noted how these advanced capabilities further facilitate the strength of the U.S.-Australia Alliance. Additionally, Work and Richardson commended progress on the implementation of the bilateral Force Posture Initiatives.‎

Work conveyed appreciation for Australia’s continued commitment to investing two percent of GDP toward defense.