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Ashton Carter: Networked Alliances Could Help Address Security Threats Posed by ISIL, Russia

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has emphasized the need among countries to establish security networks in order to deal with threats posed by Russia and the Islamic State group, DoD News reported Monday.

“Depending on where they are in the world, these kinds of networked connections among nations will inevitably take on many forms — from formal alliances and coalitions such as in Europe and the Middle East, to shared regional security architecture in the Asia Pacific,” Carter told his audience at the National Center for Advanced Studies of National Security in Spain.

He stressed that a security alliance in order to be effective must establish itself as a “distributed architecture” that can share workloads among voluntary participants and counter unforeseen threats, Jim Garamone writes.

Carter cited NATO as an example of an agile, multilateral partnership that has the capability to respond to the changing environment.

He also indicated that U.S. and NATO will work to facilitate training among their forces in order to prepare them against hybrid and cyber warfare.

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