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Defense Secretary Ash Carter travels to India and the Philippines to help advance regional security and solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region with allies and partners. Carter also will visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to help accelerate the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and participate in the U.S. Gulf Cooperation Council defense meeting.

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April 2016
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaking with reporters.

Carter: New Era of Challenges Facing U.S., Gulf Partner Nations

The U.S. and its longtime partners attending the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council summit face a new era of challenges as they work toward a lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to counter Iran's regional destabilization, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Story

Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman

Secretary, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Reaffirm Security Partnership

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince ‎ Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where the two leaders affirmed the longtime security partnership. Story

Carter Thanks U.S. Troops During Baghdad Visit

The men and women of the United States military have made enormous progress toward defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told troops in Baghdad. Story

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Map of Carter travel locations: India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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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