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Sept. 11, 2016

Obama, Pentagon Leaders Honor 9/11 Victims at Remembrance Ceremony

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States during a remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial.

July 12, 2016

Carter Offers Details on Troop Deployment, Iraq Campaign

In Baghdad, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and one of his senior commanders provided details about the role of the 560 additional U.S. troops that will deploy to Iraq to support Iraqi forces combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

April 27, 2016

U.S. Troops Should Not Be Sent Into Fair Fights, Dunford Says

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized during testimony on the defense budget request that the DoD must maintain a joint force that can overmatch any potential adversary.

April 27, 2016

Carter: DoD’s FY17 Budget Request Takes Long View

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the DoD's fiscal year 2017 budget request gives the department the means to change in “fundamental but carefully considered ways” in a new strategic era.

Feb. 17, 2016

Carter: Attack in Turkey Strengthens Resolve in Fight Against Terrorism

An attack on military vehicles in Turkey’s capital of Ankara strengthens the resolve for deepening U.S.-Turkish cooperation in fighting terrorism, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

Jan. 22, 2016

Carter Lists ISIL’s Defeat Among Critical Global Concerns

Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at its core and globally is critical among defense concerns, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Dec. 25, 2015

Defense Secretary Thanks Service Members in Christmas Calls

Defense Secretary Ash Carter called four U.S. service members taking part in operations around the world to wish them a merry Christmas.

Dec. 7, 2015

Carter, Singapore Defense Minister Sign Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen signed an agreement that will provide a new framework for an expanded defense relationship between the two nations.

Dec. 2, 2015

Carter Talks Innovation, Attracting New Talent to DoD

As part of his effort to foster innovation and attract the best talent to the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with students and faculty at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Dec. 1, 2015

Carter: DoD Intensifies ISIL Fight, Urges More International Support

The Defense Department is quickly adapting to fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and is urging the international community to step up the pace of its contributions to the fight, the defense secretary told a House panel.

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