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Immediate Release

United States and Chile Hold the 20th Meeting of the Defense Consultative Committee to Discuss Key Defense Priorities

Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Devin T. Robinson provided the following readout: 

On September 13, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Mr. Daniel P. Erikson, co-chaired the 20th meeting of the U.S. – Chile Defense Consultative Committee (DCC) with the Chilean co-chair, Under Secretary of Defense Gabriel Gaspar.  The meeting took place at the Chilean Ministry of Defense in Santiago, Chile.

Established in 1996, the DCC is the principal strategic forum for U.S. – Chile bilateral defense cooperation, which brings together key leaders to discuss bilateral defense issues and overall defense priorities.  The co-chairs convened policy leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense and Chile’s Ministry of Defense to discuss topics including global and regional security, Women, Peace, and Security, cyber, space, and science and technology.  DASD Erikson and Under Secretary Gaspar approved the creation a new bilateral subcommittee focused on Women, Peace, and Security and the United States agreed to host the next round of the DCC in 2024.  The co-chairs also re-affirmed the importance of the U.S. – Chile defense relationship and developed a robust workplan to deepen collaboration on areas of mutual defense and security interest, based on a foundation of shared respect for democracy and human rights.