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Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.

Carter Attends Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Singapore, where he attended the 15th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue and met with regional counterparts. The visit marked Carter's fifth trip to the region in just over a year to help advance one of his foremost priorities: solidifying the Asia-Pacific rebalance.


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Carter, Admirals Take Questions on China at Shangri-La Dialogue

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Carter, Asia-Pacific Leaders Discuss Regional Security Issues

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with several defense leaders from Asia-Pacific nations today in Singapore during the Shangri-La Dialogue, a major annual forum for key leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss security challenges and opportunities. Story

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About the Secretary

Profile photo of Defense Secretary Ash Carter Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography

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Photo of James Mattis James Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, Mattis commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he served in several Marine Corps and Pentagon senior staff positions. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a joint force commander, he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation and U.S. Central Command. Biography

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

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Defense Department transmitted to Congress the independent review of U.S. Defense Strategy in the Asia-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 Asia-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.
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