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Irregular Warfare Alert

June 01, 2011 | Daily News

In a bid to continue bolstering the counterterrorism capabilities of Yemen's government, the Defense Department is seeking from Congress a temporary extension of its authority to train forces from Yemen's Interior Ministry to more effectively fight al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The Pentagon made this proposal, along with a request to extend and increase funding for so-called Section 1206 authorities, as part of an eleventh package of legislative proposals intended to be considered for inclusion in the FY-12 defense authorization bill.

May 20, 2011 | Daily News

A new "national intelligence manager" for counterinsurgency operations is needed to improve U.S. military and civilian efforts in population centers, according to a Defense Science Board task force.

In a just-released report, the task force calls on defense and intelligence officials to lessen the current focus on technical intelligence collection from airborne sensors and bolster human intelligence operations as well as improve the exploitation of open-source information.

May 13, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As Marine Corps Special Operations Command has evolved since it first stood up in 2006, it has been focusing on pushing intelligence analysis down to the lowest level of operators in the field, and will focus on critical skills that include intelligence as it expands, according to Marine Corps officials.
May 12, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon wants to create a Global Security Contingency Fund, a three-year pilot program that embodies Defense Secretary Robert Gates' December 2009 call for a new model of interagency cooperation with the State Department based on "shared responsibilities, pooled resources."

May 02, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon will review what led to the loss of a helicopter Sunday during the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, a senior defense official said today.

“With these operations we do extensive hot washes afterward to look at every aspect of the operation,” the official told reporters during a background briefing at the Pentagon. “We will certainly look at that. But as I emphasized earlier, the problem that was encountered did not impede the operation.”

May 02, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect comments made by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) regarding the president and prime minister of Pakistan.)

The Pakistani military and intelligence community should be pressed on their knowledge of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts prior to the U.S. assault on his compound, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said today.

Levin told reporters he hopes the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, will ask the "tough questions" of his own military and intelligence.

April 29, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Marine Corps Special Operations Command has found a special niche in southern Afghanistan as a stabilizing force that enters villages and helps the Afghan government get its foot in the door, according to the head of the southwest regional command there.
April 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is kicking off the first batch of fiscal year 2011 security assistance programs drawn up with the State Department to train and equip foreign forces, a total of five projects aimed at bolstering the capabilities of European nations preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and operate alongside U.S. troops, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

With almost 10 years of irregular warfare in Iraq and
Afghanistan under their belts, Army intelligence leaders are reassessing what
kinds of capabilities and force makeup the service should have to fight similar
wars in the future, according to a senior official.

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

A congressionally mandated study of the Army's controversial
Human Terrain Systems program found that many of its troubles stemmed from a
dysfunctional relationship with Training and Doctrine Command and poor recruits
supplied by contractor BAE Systems.

March 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Central Command is more than doubling the size of its office in the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, compared to a year ago, mostly by adding more personnel for force protection, air operations management and support functions, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has informed Congress.

February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command Central is working to formalize a plan that puts senior officers with special operations experience in charge of distributed command and control nodes.

February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2012 budget request seeks to revamp a key research and development account by increasing funds for rapidly fielding near-term irregular warfare capabilities.

February 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Obama administration is requesting $75 million in fiscal year 2012 for Yemen's military and interior ministry, according to a senior Pentagon official.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is scrutinizing the sprawling system of "intelligence-like organizations" that sprang up to support combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with an eye toward shrinking the number needed as the U.S. military begins to withdraw troops from both countries, according to a Jan. 28 memo from the department's intelligence chief.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

As Army officials get ready to formally unveil FM-3.0 -- the
Army's updated "operations" field manual -- later this month, they have begun
circulating a series of "issue papers" among senior leaders to trigger a debate
this autumn about more fundamental changes to the doctrine document.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is struggling with collecting behavioral data in austere environments and predicting the ways non-combat operations and local phenomena affect civilian populations, according to a document the Office of Naval Research posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The United States and the Philippines have created a joint working group focused on "territorial defense and maritime security," according to the Philippines Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Erlinda Basilio, who announced on Jan. 27 that the two countries would strengthen their ties during the first ever U.S.-Philippines Strategic Dialogue.
February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

An unannounced element of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative shifts $2 billion within U.S. Special Operations Command's budget, a major slice of the funding that supports the Pentagon's most sensitive missions worldwide.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The armed services largely "missed the mark" in assessing their irregular warfare capabilities as part of a recent classified Defense Department analysis, according to a two-star general involved in the effort.

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