The Defense Department is committed to working with allies, partners and like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific and to upholding a free and open region founded on respect for international rules, laws and norms.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met at the Pentagon to discuss the enhanced trilateral security partnership with the two nations and the United Kingdom.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks met with U.K. National Security Advisor Sir Stephen Lovegrove to reaffirm the U.S.-U.K. bilateral relationship, a Defense Department spokesman said.
The Australia-U.S. alliance is stronger today than it ever has been, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said, and the steps taken during the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations at the State Department are aimed at keeping it that way.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.