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Irregular Warfare Alert

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.

May 04, 2017 | Daily News

The Army has to adapt to defeat a near-peer adversary on the highly lethal, urban battlefields of the future, according to the service’s chief of staff.

May 02, 2017 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command is heavily dependent upon funding in the Overseas Contingency Operations account, and would be negatively impacted if OCO were to vanish without moving those dollars into the base budget, the command's chief told lawmakers Tuesday.

May 02, 2017 | Daily News

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA -- The next advanced naval technology exercise for the Navy and Marine Corps, held possibly in the fall, will focus on operating in an urban environment, according to a Marine Corps official.

April 19, 2017 | Daily News

The development of security force assistance brigades is expected to help the Army prevent separating leadership from soldiers, according to Maj. Gen. William Hix, director of strategy, plans and policy in the office of the deputy chief of staff (G-3/5/7).