Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Danish Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen met today (August 21) at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two countries’ strong defense relationship based upon shared approaches to defense and security issues, and pledging to continue to deepen military cooperation.
The two leaders highlighted the long friendship between the two nations’ armed forces, as well as present-day cooperation in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led operations in Afghanistan, off the Horn of Africa, and cyber defense. Secretary Hagel and Minister Wammen also discussed the ongoing violence in Syria and the situation in Egypt.
The leaders also discussed the developments in Afghanistan’s national security forces’ capability to address the country’s own security challenges and the role of NATO post-2014. Hagel and Wammen underscored their belief that the United States and Denmark should work to maintain and increase interoperability and implement lessons learned from operations in Afghanistan. They both agreed on the importance of exploring new approaches to bilateral and multinational cooperation for the benefit of both nations and of NATO as a whole.
Hagel and Wammen discussed exchanging lessons learned in defense materiel and logistics. They also discussed opportunities to cooperate on veterans’ initiatives. Hagel and Wammen agreed on the inauguration of annual policy-level staff discussions that would develop plans for cooperation in more detail.
Secretary Hagel expressed appreciation for Denmark’s close partnership, and Minister Wammen invited Secretary Hagel to visit Denmark at his earliest convenience.