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Irregular Warfare Alert

February 14, 2017 |

Col. Craig Miller, director of the U.S. Special Operations Command J24 intelligence capabilities and requirements division, said Tuesday the U.S. could use new acquisition techniques to speed adoption of technology that would allow coalition partners to share information securely and selectively, amid complaints that clashing approaches to intelligence hurt international combat efforts in the Middle East.

February 14, 2017 |

U.S. Special Operations Command has staffed a review looking at its forces and any gaps that exist, according to the head of SOCOM.

February 08, 2017 |

U.S. intelligence analysts -- in a new unclassified assessment prepared over the last year to support a new presidential administration -- predict the "risk of conflict, including inter-state conflict, will increase" during the next two decades and argue a few trends are likely to change the character of conflict over the next 20 years, predictions that carry implications for the U.S. military.

August 11, 2016 |

Officials from U.S. Central Command have provided a more rosy depiction of U.S. efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant than the facts warranted, according to a new report from a congressional joint task force.

August 09, 2016 |

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller hopes to have funding to send a new crisis-response force to support U.S. Southern Command next year.

July 25, 2016 |

The United States and its partners have gained momentum in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and are eyeing upcoming steps to further degrade the terrorist group, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford.

June 21, 2016 |

The Defense Department and Israeli ministry of defense have inked an agreement to begin collaborating on counter-tunneling capabilities, paving the way for the two nations to team up where the Pentagon has developed a portfolio of about a dozen projects -- including an effort this year to identify a tunnel test site with terrains and geologies of mutual interest.

June 16, 2016 |

The Pentagon plans to transfer $1.5 billion in savings it achieved from lower-than-budgeted fuel costs in fiscal year 2016 to fund ongoing military activities in Afghanistan and the operation to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

May 06, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army is synthesizing insights about Russian warfighting tactics into a new study that could change how the service develops new weapon systems, a senior service official said.

May 06, 2016 | Inside the Army

A recent Army war game played through a scenario of light forces breaking through enemy defenses and subsequently waging protracted major combat while continuing to move, a warfighting model envisioned by Army futurists as a likely challenge in future conflicts.

March 23, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

House authorizers are pushing for the Pentagon to submit an overdue strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

December 16, 2015 | Inside the Pentagon

Faced with the looming expiration of funding agreements for Afghanistan, the United States and its international partners are preparing to set new contribution levels through 2020.

December 02, 2015 |

During the second-ever deployment of a Marine Corps crisis-response force to U.S. Central Command, the unit's main focus was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the commanding officer.

December 01, 2015 |

Defense Secretary Ash Carter sparred with members of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday over the Pentagon's plan to intensify the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

November 20, 2015 | Inside the Army

American soldiers deployed to train local African forces can sometimes find themselves exposed to the grand power struggle playing out on the continent between the West and China, reports a colonel with recent experience in the region.

October 15, 2015 |

In a significant policy shift, President Obama announced this week that the United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through "most of 2016," and will maintain 5,500 troops into 2017.

October 15, 2015 |

In a significant policy shift, President Obama announced this week that the United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through "most of 2016," and will maintain 5,500 troops into 2017.

October 14, 2015 |

Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged Wednesday to submit a fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress that will continue funding the training and development of the Afghan military as the Pentagon works with the White House and State Department to craft a new strategy for an enduring presence in Afghanistan.

October 09, 2015 |

The Defense Department is re-tooling its embattled effort to train and equip thousands of Syrian rebels -- which resulted in only a small number of vetted fighters to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- and is now focusing on assisting a much narrower group of "vetted leaders and their units," according to an Oct. 9 statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

October 09, 2015 |

The Defense Department is re-tooling its embattled effort to train and equip thousands of Syrian rebels -- which resulted in only a small number of vetted fighters to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- and is now focusing on assisting a much narrower group of "vetted leaders and their units," according to an Oct. 9 statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

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