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December 2016
Travels with Carter - U.S. Secretary of Defense

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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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 Meets With Turkey's Defense Minister in London

Defense Secretary Ash Carter poses for a group photo with fellow defense secretaries and ministers of defense in London during a meeting of defense ministers whose countries are participating in the campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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

ISIL 'Failing,' Defense Leaders Say After London Meeting

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a meeting in London of defense ministers from nations participating in the coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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

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