An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

You have reached a collection of archived material. The content available is no longer being updated and may no longer be applicable.

Flag of Belgium. Flag of France. Flag of United Arab Emirates. Flag of Iraq. Flag of Turkey.
October 2016
Travels with Carter - U.S. Secretary of Defense

Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Turkey, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, France and Belgium to meet with key partners in the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat, to speak to troops, and to participate in the fifth NATO defense ministerial of his tenure.

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


Carter Announces Deterrence, Defense Buildup in Europe

Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a North Atlantic Council meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

As NATO faces new challenges from the east, south, north and from within, the United States will continue to strengthen deterrence by sending troops to Europe, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in Brussels. Story

Carter Meets With French, Turkish Counterparts on Counter-ISIL Campaign

Defense Secretary Ash Carte, center, meets with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

While in Brussels for a conference of NATO defense ministers, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met today with his French and Turkish counterparts to discuss the campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. Story

More News

Travel Locations

Map of Carter travel locations: Turkey, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium.

Location Links