“Frequent and energized consultations” with the US Defense Department in the coming months is seen to boost the defense cooperation between the Philippines and United States.

This was discussed during the call of US Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during his visit here in the Philippines Tuesday morning.

Secretary Gazmin and Dr. Carter also talked about the “central role” of the Philippines in the region and how to promote and enhance the existing peace and stability, the US support to the AFP’s capability upgrade, as well as the training of AFP personnel. Dr. Carter also explained that the rebalancing of US forces is a broad engagement geared towards the promotion of economic stability in the region.

For his part, Secretary Gazmin thanked Dr. Carter and the other US DOD officials for their visits to the Philippines. “The visits are a good way for us to strengthen our personal relationships with the people we usually work with. Both the Philippines and the United State will benefit with our frequent and energized consultations with our US counterpart,” Gazmin said.

Previously serving as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from 2009 to 2011 under the administration of President Barrack Obama, Dr. Carter is a national security expert with a doctorate degree in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford. Before his most recent government service, Dr. Carter headed the International and Global Affairs faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He is also a former Co-director of the Preventive Defense Project and a member of the President’s Management Council and the National Council on Federal-Labor-Management Relations.