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.
Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a pre-deployment training exercise in Okinawa, Japan.
Increased tensions in the Indo-Pacific region and the strengthening of military relations were the topics of discussion among U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and defense leaders during the 2022 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Meeting.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, will meet virtually with Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.