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Ashton Carter: Pentagon Wants Continued Security Cooperation with APAC Allies

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the Pentagon is committed to expanding its security partnerships in the Asia Pacifc amid the U.S. military’s shift in focus to the region, DoD News reported Saturday.

Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Carter told an audience at the Shangri-La Dialogue held Saturday in Singapore that the next phase of the U.S.’ APAC rebalance strategy calls for the Defense Department to invest in technologies that can help allies address security challenges.

He added that “DoD will continue to bring the best platforms and people forward” to the region.

The U.S. military plans to support defense partners through the development of unmanned aerial and maritime systems, long-range bombers, electromagnetic railguns, lasers and cyberspace systems, according to the report.

Carter also noted that DoD will also deploy Virginia-class submarines, Poseidon surveillance aircraft, Zumwalt-class destroyers and Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft for APAC security missions.

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