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Mattis Welcomes Japanese Defense Minister to the Pentagon
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April 20, 2018 | 0:56
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosted an honor cordon to welcome Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to the Pentagon, April 20, 2018. During their meeting, the two leaders highlighted the strengthening and depth of the friendship and military relationship between their countries.
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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

Sailors Conduct Tactical Training Exercise

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale and USS Spruance conduct a cruiser-destroyer, surface warfare advanced tactical training exercise in the Pacific Ocean, April 23-27, 2018. Navy photos by multiple military photographers

USS Stockdale Sailors Conduct Tactical Training

Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale conduct a Cruiser-Destroyer, Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training exercise in the Pacific Ocean, April 17, 2018. Navy photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda A. Hayes

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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