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Defense Secretary Ash Carter travels to U.S. bases to update the counter-ISIL campaign and attend the U.S. Southern Command change-of-command ceremony.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter outlined three military objectives for the coalition's campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in a speech at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016.


About the Secretary

Profile photo of Defense Secretary Ash Carter Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography

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Carter, Dunford, Senior Commanders Meet to Accelerate ISIL’s Defeat

Further accelerating pressure to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists is highlighting discussions with top military leaders at U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a news conference. Story

Secretary Welcomes New Commander at U.S. Southcom

Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd took command of U.S. Southern Command during a ceremony at Southcom’s headquarters in Miami, succeeding Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, who is retiring after four decades of service. Story

Carter: Lasting Defeat of ISIL Depends On Coalition Strength

Delivering a lasting defeat to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant must be a global effort, and coalition partners and others must step up their contributions to the escalating fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech to soldiers preparing for deployment at Fort Campbell, Ky. Story

U.S. Southcom

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U.S. Southern Command is one of the nation's six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.