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Irregular Warfare Alert

February 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is struggling to define the role U.S. Special Operations Command will play under a new National Defense Strategy that focuses on "great power competition" with China and Russia, while the department continues to rely on SOCOM to execute global counterterrorism operations.

January 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department continues to limit publicly available information related to the war in Afghanistan, as U.S. forces are now restricting the release of data detailing the Taliban's control over territory and local populations, according to a new report.

January 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is well on its way to developing the security force assistance brigades it needs by 2019, which will prepare the service for a quick expansion of the force in case of an emergency, according to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

December 22, 2017 | Daily News

Running Afghanistan's Air Force will cost $13.2 billion through fiscal year 2023, largely due to a $10 billion modernization effort that will grow its inventory to more than 300 aircraft, according to the Pentagon's biannual report to Congress on the embattled country's military progress.

November 20, 2017 | Daily News

For the first time in the 16-year war in Afghanistan, the Defense Department is conducting an audit of U.S. funds provided to Afghan security forces, according to the top U.S. Army general in the country. 

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

Telling lawmakers he shares their concerns about corrupt and incompetent contracting in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he wants to establish a new review board to prevent the waste, fraud and abuse documented by government audit agencies over the past 16 years of war.

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senators Tuesday the Trump administration's new "conditions-based" strategy in Afghanistan, which calls for deploying more than 3,000 additional U.S. troops, would help break a stalemate between NATO forces and anti-government insurgents.

October 02, 2017 | Daily News

The Army is seeking congressional approval for resource reallocations to support its nascent security force assistance brigades, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

September 26, 2017 | Daily News

The Pentagon and the State Department have set up a high-level group to help synchronize the two agencies' control over billions of dollars' worth of security assistance to foreign countries.

September 26, 2017 | Daily News

The next step for the Marine Corps and Navy's recently released Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) concept is to "refine the ideas" through wargaming and experimentation, according to a Marine Corps official who helped developed the concept.

September 07, 2017 | Daily News

A recent deployment to Afghanistan showed decisive action training lessons need to be "instinctive," according to Col. Larry Burris, commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

August 30, 2017 | Daily News

A small cadre of experts are quietly crafting a new National Defense Strategy, according to several sources, who say the debate to return the United States to a two-war posture is well underway.

August 29, 2017 | Daily News

NEWPORT, RI -- Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) told Inside Defense this week President Trump's new Afghanistan strategy is "contradictory" and that Congress is still awaiting cost details.

August 22, 2017 | Daily News

President Trump's new plan to increase U.S. operations in Afghanistan was greeted with support from GOP lawmakers, but the total number of additional troops remains vague and could complicate an already stressful budget environment when Congress returns Sept. 5.

August 16, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy is seeking solutions to fill irregular, expeditionary and special warfare capabilities with a projected annual cost under $750,000 per project, according to a notice on Federal Business Opportunities.

July 31, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) will attempt to legislate a new plan for the 16-year war in Afghanistan, as the Trump administration continues to debate its new strategy for the conflict.

June 28, 2017 | Daily News

The Army's first security force assistance brigade will begin training in August with 16 weeks of immersive language coursework, according to the unit's commander.

June 14, 2017 | Daily News

President Trump granted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to increase troop levels in Afghanistan this week, as the administration prepares a new strategy for the conflict there that has embroiled the United States for nearly 16 years.

June 06, 2017 | Daily News

The effort to resource, train and equip Iraqi security forces is evolving to suit the growing capabilities of the partner country, according to an Army official.

May 05, 2017 | Daily News

The Army's top civilian has directed an assessment of capabilities the service will require in the future to operate in megacities, a study that is to consider how best to make use of existing force designs, weapon systems and capabilities to fight in the world's largest metropolitan areas.