News Archive: September 2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 – Though 2012 was a banner fiscal year with $69.1 billion in foreign military sales, that program and others like it are not in the business of selling equipment, but rather are promoting military-to-military relationships with international partners, a Defense Security Cooperation Agency official said here yesterday.

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Sept. 18, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter today wrapped up a weeklong overseas trip that included stops in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

After spending three days in Afghanistan, Carter stopped in Islamabad, Pakistan, for talks with senior defense and government officials. Among the topics discussed was the importance of Pakistan’s continued economic development to the security of the region, Carter said today.

The economic development of Pakistan is essential, he said.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Pakistan today and met with senior Pakistani government and defense officials, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

In a statement, Little said Carter met with Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the prime minister for foreign affairs and national security; Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynn, chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee; and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter has wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistan, where he met with senior International Security Assistance Force, coalition and Afghan officials.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The Air Force received its final C-17 Globemaster III - the 223rd aircraft - during ceremonies Thursday at Joint Base Charleston.

The last new cargo jet, built in Boeing's Long Beach, Calif., facility, was delivered this week to the South Carolina base's 437th Airlift Wing and 315th Airlift Wing. Although this will be the final one sent to theAir Force, overall there were 256 C-17s delivered, including those to foreign military customers.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived at the International Security Forces Joint Command Headquarters here today for meetings with senior U.S., NATO and Afghan officials to review the progress of the drawdown.

The Afghanistan retrograde is on schedule to meet the December 2014 deadline, a senior defense official said Sept. 10 during a background briefing for Pentagon reporters. The official added that Carter would use the trip as an opportunity to get a boots-on-the-ground perspective of the retrograde process.

Puneet Talwar, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Department of State

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 6, 2013

The United States congratulates Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on the occasion of his inauguration as President of the Republic of Mali.

We look forward to working with President Keita as he begins to address Mali’s most pressing challenges, including those of national reconciliation, security sector reform, and the strengthening of Mali’s democratic institutions.


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