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Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to California to participate in the Reagan National Defense Forum, before embarking on an around-the-world trip to thank deployed service members, meet with regional partners and advance priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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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
Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işik in London on the sidelines of a meeting of defense ministers whose countries are participating in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement following the meeting. Story
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is failing, and the campaign to defeat the terror group in Iraq and Syria is on track, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said in London. Story