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Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks's Virtual Meeting With U.K. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence David Williams

Department of Defense Spokesman Eric Pahon provided the following readout: 

Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks hosted the fifth iteration of the US-UK Defense Dialogue via secure video call today with her UK counterpart, Permanent Secretary for Defence Mr. David Williams.

The two leaders met virtually to deepen cooperation on a wide range of issues, including defense strategy, technology innovation, force development, and strategic competition. They discussed the upcoming National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, implementation of the trilateral AUKUS partnership, and opportunities to improve technological cooperation and supply chain resilience. They also discussed Russia’s concerning military movements near Ukraine’s borders and reaffirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The two leaders also affirmed a shared commitment to deepen space cooperation, agreeing to sign a “Statement of Intent Regarding Enhanced Space Cooperation” between the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defence.  The “Statement of Intent” outlines strategic objectives to pursue integrated and interoperable space capabilities, mitigate threats posed by adversaries, and support freedom of action in all domains.