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Mattis Reaffirms Commitment to South Korea
DoD News
June 28, 2018 | 8:19
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Defense Minister Song Young-moo in Seoul, South Korea, to deliver a joint statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to its alliance with South Korea, June 28, 2018.

Statement on CSIS Independent Review of U.S. Defense Strategy in The Indo-Pacific Region

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Defense Department transmitted to Congress the independent review of U.S. Defense Strategy in the Indo-Pacific region conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report was commissioned as a requirement of Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015. The CSIS review does not represent the official position of the DoD, but it is consistent with the DoD's broad approach to supporting the U.S. rebalance to the Indo-Pacific region. It supports U.S. efforts to strengthen, enhance and broaden our alliances and encourages building cooperative defense relationships with regional partners. Its recommendations also parallel department efforts to update operational concepts and military capabilities to ensure that the future force remains capable of deterring and prevailing in potential conflicts.

Recent Trip

October/November 2015

Map of Carter travel locations: Alaska, South Korea, Malaysia, Hawaii.

Trip Highlights

  • Third visit to the Asia-Pacific in eight months.
  • Met with leaders from more than a dozen nations across East Asia and South Asia.
  • Helped advance the next phase of the U.S. military's rebalance in the region by modernizing longtime alliances and building new partnerships.
  • Attended the 47th annual U.S-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul.
  • Attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Plus meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Delivered keynote address at the 3rd annual Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Photo Essays

Soldiers Compete in Eighth Army Best Warrior Competition

Soldiers compete during the Eighth Army Best Warrior Competition at Camp Casey, South Korea, May 14, 2018. Army photo by multiple military photographers

Soldiers Conduct Rehearsals Before Live-Fire During Balikatan 18

Soldiers conduct rehearsal events before conducting a combined arms live-fire exercise as part of Balikatan 18 in Tarlac, Philippines, May 11-12, 2018. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Beckstrom

U.S. Pacific Command protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, we will enhance stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fight to win.
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