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March 22, 2017

Mattis Urges Congressional Support for Additional $30 Billion for Defense

The $30 billion in requested additional defense funding for fiscal year 2017 would be used to strengthen the military and protect the nation against emerging global security challenges, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

Feb. 3, 2017

Strength of Alliance Highlights Meeting Between Mattis, Japan’s Prime Minister

In a Tokyo meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.- Japanese alliance, according to a Pentagon news release.

Jan. 20, 2017

Defense Secretary Issues Message to Nation’s ‘Sentinels and Guardians’

Almost immediately after taking office, Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a message to the men and women of the Defense Department.

Jan. 20, 2017

Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary

By a 98-1 vote, the Senate confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense, and Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.

Jan. 19, 2017

Carter Legacy: Force of the Future, Modernizing DoD, Confronting Threats

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is departing as President Barack Obama's top defense advisor after nearly two years in the post, during which he led initiatives to modernize and strengthen the department while confronting myriad global challenges in a changing strategic landscape.

Jan. 18, 2017

Carter Says Farewell After 35 Years of Defense Department Service

Defense Secretary Ash Carter addressed members of the Defense Department in the Pentagon auditorium to say farewell to the department he’s served and to those he has served alongside in a series of jobs that have grown in responsibility over 35 years.

Dec. 15, 2016

Carter Meets With Turkey’s Defense Minister in London

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işik in London on the sidelines of a meeting of defense ministers whose countries are participating in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Dec. 15, 2016

ISIL ‘Failing,’ Defense Leaders Say After London Meeting

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is failing, and the campaign to defeat the terror group in Iraq and Syria is on track, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said during a news conference in London following a meeting of counter-ISIL coalition defense ministers.

Dec. 15, 2016

Carter: Coalition Must Stay Focused on Counter-ISIL Campaign

While the coalition is collapsing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s control over Mosul and Raqqa, it must stay focused on the continued execution of the campaign into 2017, Carter said at a London meeting of defense ministers participating in the campaign to defeat ISIL.

Dec. 11, 2016

Secretary Meets With Kurdistan Regional Government President in Iraq

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani in Irbil, Iraq, where the two leaders discussed the latest developments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the key role Peshmerga forces have played in the counter-ISIL campaign.

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