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Carter Describes Security Networks’ Role in Confronting Threats PDF Print E-mail

Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed the importance of establishing and maintaining security networks with partner nations to confront global threats during a speech to the Center for a New American Security here today.

Carter focused on the security networks the United States has forged in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and in Europe.

Overall, such networks enable nations to act together to deter conflict, provide protection and meet transnational threats such as terrorism, the secretary said. “Now, security networking does differ across regions,” he added, “and that makes sense, because each has its own unique history, geography, politics and security needs.”

Networking for Security

The Asia-Pacific networks are based on weaving together bilateral, trilateral and multilateral relationships into a larger, regionwide network, Carter said, noting that there has never been a regionwide security arrangement there in the past.

“In the Middle East and North Africa, we’re leading coalitions and networks to address key security challenges like [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and other terror groups, and to counter Iran’s malign influence,” the secretary said.

In Europe, the United States is working within the NATO alliance to bolster deterrence, handle unregulated migration and confront threats in new domains.

“In each region, the basic principle is the same,” Carter said. “We’re bringing together like-minded partners to enhance cooperation and build and strengthen connections,” he said. “And in each region, the network needs a networker -- a nation and a military to enable it.”

Connections:

Connections take many forms, the secretary said. “For one, we’re sharing information, including intelligence, in new ways, to allow our militaries to communicate better and in real time so that we can work together seamlessly and quickly,” he told the audience. “More and more, we’re leveraging persistent rotational forces that allow us to project presence without the requirements of permanent footprints.”

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