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Irregular Warfare Alert

June 14, 2017 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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).

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.

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