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DoD Pledges Continued Support for Colombia’s Peace Process

The Defense Department has pledged $10 million to aid the Colombian government’s humanitarian mine clearance operations as part of the U.S.’ continued support for the ongoing peace process in Colombia, DoD News reported Monday. DoD News reports that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his Colombian counterpart Luis Carlos Villegas talked about bilateral military relations Monday over the phone. …

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Ashton Carter Raises Concerns About Fiscal 2017 Defense Policy Bill

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has sent a letter to the leaders of House and Senate Armed Services Committees to outline his concerns about funding strategies and certain measures contained in the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes Carter is concerned about a 2017 National Defense Authorization …

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Global Defense Leaders to Address North Korean Ballistic Missile Launches

Defense officials from U.S., Japan and South Korea have held a discussion via videoconference regarding recent North Korean missile launches believed to have fallen in the Sea of Japan. DoD News reported Friday Kelly Magsamen, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, Yoo Jeh-seung, South Korea’s deputy defense minister for policy, …

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Ashton Carter, Saudi Counterpart Discuss Security Matters at Pentagon Meeting

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday at the Pentagon to discuss military and security issues, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes the bilateral meeting covered events in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s defense capability modernization effort and the fight against al-Qaeda and Islamic …

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Peter Cook: Budget Woes Put Military Readiness, Training at Risk

Pentagon Spokesperson Peter Cook has reiterated that budget uncertainty will endanger the U.S. military’s readiness and training programs, DoD News reported Thursday. Cook told reporters in Washington that the threat posed by sequestration to the readiness of the U.S. armed forces highlights the need to stabilize funding for defense operations, …

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Ashton Carter: US Eyes Increased Force in Poland, Baltic States

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that the U.S. government and its allies look to increase the presence of troops in the Baltic states and in Poland in a bid to counter threats from Russia, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday. Richard Sisk writes Carter told reporters Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany, that the goal is …

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