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Date: 2001 Description: In this 2001 file photo, an S-300 air-defense missiles launcher, left, and a S-300 missiles guidance station, right, are seen at an undisclosed location in Russia.  © AP Image Date: 09/2010 Description: Armed Forces full honor arrival ceremony at the Pentagon for visiting Russian Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdykov, right. © DoD photo by R. D. Ward Date: 05/05/2010 Description: A Russian soldier stand guard as United States C. Company, 2 Battalion, 18 Infantry Regiment, 170 Infantry Brigade Combat Team troops march during an award ceremony to representatives of World War II allied countries in Moscow, Wednesday, May 5, 2010.  © AP Image

The Defense Relations Working Group discusses and resolves priorities of defense policy and national security, armed forces reform, regional and global security, transparency and confidence building measures, and cooperation on areas of mutual interest.



Working Group Chairpersons


U.S. Chairperson: Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Russia Chairperson: Sergey Shoygu, Russian Minister of Defense


Working Group Coordinators


U.S. Coordinator: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, Evelyn Farkas

Russia Coordinator: Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation, Sergey Koshelev


Sub-Working Groups


- Defense Technology Cooperation Sub-Working Group
- Defense Policy Sub-Working Group
- Enhanced Missile Defense Sub-Working Group
- Global and Regional Security Sub-Working Group
- Logistics Support Sub-Working Group
- Maritime Cooperation Sub-Working Group
- Social Welfare Sub-Working Group
- Training, Education, and Human Resources Sub-Working Group


Working Group Web Links


Russian Ministry of Defense

U.S. Defense Department


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