Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work's meeting with the Canadian Deputy Minister of Defense Richard Fadden
Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Navy Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following readout:
Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work met with the Canadian Deputy Minister of Defense Richard Fadden this afternoon at the Pentagon.
Work led off the meeting by extending his personal condolences for the loss of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo last month.
The two defense leaders then discussed global security challenges and their collaboration on counter-ISIL operations in Iraq. Work commended Canada for its contributions, particularly in conducting air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets, and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq.
Deputy Secretary Work and Deputy Minister Fadden also discussed the situation in Ukraine, noting their ongoing efforts to provide assistance to Ukraine and both nations' contributions to NATO reassurance measures.
Deputy Secretary Work provided Deputy Minister Fadden with an overview of the department's review of our nuclear enterprise. He highlighted that our nuclear arsenal is safe, secure, and effective and that the department is taking action to address the issues identified in the review.
They concluded the meeting by reaffirming their commitment to sustaining a strong bilateral relationship and to continue working together on issues that transverse their shared borders.