June 4, 2011 - U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates attends Asian security summit in Singapore and reaffirms America's partnership to the region. Julie Noce, Reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told a room of Asian defense ministers and military personnel Saturday that the US was committed to sustaining it's working partnership in the region. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES SAYING: "we recognize the american defense engagement from our forward deployed forces to exercises with regional partners will continue to play an indispensable role in the stability of the region. We've taken a number of steps towards establishing a defense posture across asia pacific that is more geographically distributed, operationally resilient, and politically sustainable." Gates along with counterparts from the Asia-Pacific region are in Singapore for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on security in Asia. Gates reassured the summit that the U.S. budget was intact for important defense programs like nuclear deterrence, air superiority and cyber attacks. Gates also said more dialogue is needed to better determine what constitutes a cyber 'act of war.' (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES SAYING: "We see cyber attacks very seriously. We see it from a variety of sources, not just one or another country. And the truth of the matter is, all countries should see the cyber threat as a potential problem for them. I would say we're at the beginning of this process. I think one of the things that would be beneficial would be for there to be a more open dialogue among countries about cyber and establishing the rules of the road with respect to cyber so that we have a clear understanding of the left and right lanes if you will." Gates, who plans to leave his post as Defense Secretary at the end of June, held meetings earlier with both the Chinese and Japanese defense ministers. Julie Noce, Reuters