US Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan discussed a variety of issues in a phone call with Harriett Baldwin, Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement.
According to a statement issued by the Department of Defense:
“The leaders discussed defense issues, including NATO, bilateral exercises, changing technologies and procurement innovation. They also spoke about the restructure of the Department of Defense’s acquisition, technology, and logistics and chief management officer organisations.”
Shanahan reportedly lauded the value of the close US-UK security partnership and he noted that bilateral capability cooperation will be instrumental in enabling their forces to better confront current and emerging threats.
In addition, Shanahan conveyed the high value the US places on British investment in strong defence capabilities, including its two aircraft carriers and F-35B aircraft.
The two leaders agreed to maintain regular dialogue on shared security interests and the bilateral defence agenda, she added.