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Irregular Warfare Alert

November 27, 2018

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA -- The Marine Corps plans to conduct an urban warfare experiment in summer 2019 as part of its Sea Dragon 2025 effort.

September 10, 2018

President Trump today signed out a directive directing the State Department, the Pentagon and the director of national intelligence to develop a congressionally mandated briefing on the war in Yemen.

August 10, 2018

The Congressional Research Service is raising concerns over the Defense Department funding the European Deterrence Initiative in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

August 1, 2018

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is questioning the long-term impact of the Army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade on Afghan forces and whether the unit is accomplishing its train, advise and assist mission in the region.

April 25, 2018

A provision in the House Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill directs the Army secretary to provide the full committee with a briefing on the service's plan for urban warfare training no later than Feb. 1, 2019.

April 23, 2018

The Army's first security force assistance brigade is "on the ground" in Afghanistan and providing support to local forces, but the service has yet to realize its goal of using the new units to free up brigade combat teams.

March 6, 2018

The global mission of the U.S. military may become increasingly challenged in the coming years by Chinese and Russian activities in Africa, according to the chief of U.S. Africa Command.

February 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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 3, 2017

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 3, 2017

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 2, 2017

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

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

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 7, 2017

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

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

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.