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Ashton Carter: Security Networks Can Help US, Foreign Allies Counter Global Threats

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said he believes the U.S. should maintain security networks with its partner nations as part of efforts to respond to global threats, DoD News reported Monday.

Jim Garamone writes Carter said during a speech Monday at the Center for a New American Security in Washington that security networks help to counter terrorism, prevent conflict and provide protection.

Carter noted the U.S. forged a security arrangement in Asia Pacific based on the integration of bilateral, trilateral and multilateral ties into a regionwide network, according to the report.

“In the Middle East and North Africa, we’re leading coalitions and networks to address key security challenges like [the Islamic State organization] and other terror groups, and to counter Iran’s malign influence,” he told his audience at the CNAS event.

The report said the U.S. also maintains ties with Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia for what Carter describes as collective security as well as collaborates with the NATO member nations to deter threats in new domains and regulate migration in Europe.

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