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DoD’s Peter Cook: U.S. Decides to Bolster Counterterrorism Intell Exchange with France

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operational-security1Peter Cook, press secretary at the Defense Department, has said the U.S. and France want to increase sharing of intelligence between the two countries as they step up efforts to fight terrorism, DoD News reported Monday.

Cook noted the U.S. will “stand strong and firm” with France after terrorists associated with the Islamic State organization conducted a series of attacks Friday in Paris, according to the report by Cheryl Pellerin.

He added new guidance from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would help U.S. and French military personnel to exchange operational plans and data “to the fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy.”

DoD News reports U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said during a press briefing Monday that Carter and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian have agreed to bolster U.S.-France military cooperation.

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