Defense Secretary Ash Carter is traveling to Stuttgart, Germany, to preside over the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command and to convene a group of counterparts to advance one his top priorities: accelerating the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Carter Speaks to Defense Ministers of Leading Nations in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Meeting of Defense Leaders in Germany
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
Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. have all agreed to continue to do more to accelerate ISIL's lasting defeat. Story
Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Danish Defense Minister Peter Christensen in Stuttgart, Germany, following a meeting of defense ministers from countries leading the coalition effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story
Iraq, Syria, and the worldwide fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are on the agenda for the second meeting of defense ministers of countries making the most substantial contributions to the counter-ISIL fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Story