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James Mattis Discusses Regional Security Challenges, Defense Cooperation With Southeast Asian Counterparts

Defense Secretary James Mattis met with his Southeast Asian counterparts at the former Clark Air Base in the Philippines to discuss security challenges and defense cooperation in the region, DoD News reported Monday. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Mattis attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus where defense leaders …

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Army War College Explores Strategy to Avoid US-China Conflict

U.S. Army Col. (ret.) William Braun, a research professor at the Army War College’s Strategic Institute, has discussed steps he says could help avoid conflict between the U.S. and China over territorial claims. Braun said at a panel discussion that the Army and national strategy policymakers must try to understand China’s …

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Ashton Carter: US, Vietnam Eye Closer Security Ties After Removal of Arms Trade Restrictions

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter supports President Barack Obama’s decision to fully lift a weapon sales ban the U.S. government had previously imposed on Vietnam, DoD News reported Tuesday. “Bilaterally, this allows us to make yet further advances in what really is an historic military-to-military relationship with Vietnam,” Carter was quoted as saying. “I think …

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Reuters: Japan Considers Funding Options for Arms Exports, Int’l Industrial Ties

Japan is considering a plan to form a new government-supported financing body for military exports and international industry cooperation, Reuters reported Wednesday. Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo write advisory panel of 10 members from the country’s banking, legal, academic and defense sectors will meet after lower house elections in mid-December to discuss options. Reuters reports the …

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Nicholas Houghton: UK to Focus Troop Training in Africa, Gulf, Asia

The British military will shift its focus on troop training to potential hotspots following its drawdown in Afghanistan, Gen. Nicholas Houghton told The Times newspaper for an interview published Monday. British troops are scheduled to have withdrawn from their Afghan tour by January 2015, Houghton told The Times. Agence France-Presse …

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