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Ashton Carter: US, UK to Further Collaborate on Defense Innovations

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said he and U.K. defense secretary Michael Fallon have agreed to promote innovation in the defense sector in order to address hybrid and cyber warfare, DoD News reported Friday.

“Our defense institutions will work together on a combined approach to innovation, ranging from technology and operational concepts to war games and talent management,” Carter said at a joint press conference held at the U.K. defense ministry in London.

He acknowledged the U.K. government’s aim to spend more than 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense programs and efforts to seek feedback from the U.S. government on its Strategic Defense and Security Review, Terri Moon Cronk writes.

“It sends a clear and important signal to the world that the U.K. is determined to continue its significant contributions to NATO’s collective defense, and sustain its historic global leadership role,” Carter said.

He also urged the U.K. government to strengthen ties with the U.S. in an effort to address Russia’s military actions in Syria.

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