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Ashton Carter: Innovation, Operational Strategies Key for DoD’s Threat Response Efforts

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Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has urged the Defense Department to develop operational concepts and technical strategies to deter sources of geostrategic threats to U.S. and its allies, DoD News reported Saturday.

“We must ensure that we and our partners are postured to defeat threats from high-end opponents in a complex set of environments,” Carter told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum held Saturday in California.

He added the U.S.’ national defense plan includes a modernization of nuclear arsenal and investment in unmanned, electronic warfare, cyber and space technology platforms.

The U.S. also wants to strengthen partnership with partner nations across Europe and the Asia Pacific through multilateral regional security and trade agreements, Carter noted in his speech.

“We also know we have much work to do still to ensure our strategies and plans are as innovative as possible, leveraging new technology used by the best talent in America,” he told forum audience, the publication reports.

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