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Irregular Warfare Alert

November 11, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Leadership and training deficiencies are the main challenges for NATO trainers as the security force nears the end of its first full year helping build the Afghan National Security Force, according to a recently issued report.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy needs to reevaluate the connection between humanitarian aid and national security, according to a report highlighting the lessons of a war game on irregular threats obtained by Inside the Navy.
November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army officials met outside Washington last week for a thought experiment about the implications of a large-scale economic breakdown that would force the Army to absorb significant funding cuts and prepare the service for an increased role in keeping domestic order amid civil unrest.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

An Army general involved in the effort to advise, assist and equip Iraqi Security Forces as U.S. troops draw down said last week that several recent coordinated bombings in Baghdad did not indicate a resurgence of al Qaeda.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has won an argument with Defense Department policy officials over the fate of the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, a debate that some service officials considered a lynchpin in the wider discussion over the role of general-purpose forces in the Pentagon's bedrock strategy of beefing up the security forces of unstable countries, according to officials and documents.

November 04, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

New multimillion-dollar, five-year biosecurity projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan will reduce the risk of weapons of mass destruction falling into the wrong hands, according to Pentagon policy chief Michèle Flournoy.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has completed an implementation planning guidance on irregular threats and is currently tasking staff based on the guidance.
October 29, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is interested in fielding a helicopter-based guided rocket that could fight off swarms of fast-attack boats by fiscal year 2016, potentially for use with the Littoral Combat Ship, according to a request for information posted last week.
October 27, 2010 | Daily News

To kick off his tenure as Marine Corps commandant, Gen. James Amos this week issued broad guidance directing service officials to lighten the force, challenge prevailing notions about tactics and boost capabilities for key missions like cyberwarfare.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is seeking new systems that would give troops in Afghanistan a better chance to spot buried improvised explosive devices when operating on foot outside their armored vehicles. An Oct. 21 Federal Business Opportunities notice for a market survey leaves open what kind of device officials want, defining only what it must be able to do. One requirement for the system is to keep pace with dismounted soldiers and "move faster when required," which suggests the Army envisions a ground robot. But service officials said airborne drones also also could fit the bill.

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's newly merged maritime civil affairs and security training unit is preparing to conduct operations in the U.S. Central Command area as it shifts to its new headquarters in Dam Neck, VA, Capt. Frank Hughlett, MCAST commander, told Inside the Navy last week.
October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee is urging the Pentagon to shift money into a handful of unfunded counterinsurgency projects for the Afghanistan war and to provide lawmakers with a tardy irregular warfare plan.

October 06, 2010 | Daily News

Increased recruitment of Western operatives to carry out attacks in America and Europe has stymied U.S. intelligence officials and reflects the ability by international terrorist organizations to adapt to counterterrorism measures, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

September 30, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Congress plans to slash $400 million from a Pentagon program that bankrolls humanitarian and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and Iraq because lawmakers argue the endeavor is too focused on large-scale projects that exceed its raison d'être.

September 29, 2010 | Daily News

A Defense Department center focused on supporting counterintelligence and human intelligence operations is pursuing near-term solutions to speed information gathered in the field to military and civilian leaders, according to a senior intelligence official.

September 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Senior defense officials are poised to discuss the way ahead for the Pentagon's Minerva research initiative this month at a National Defense University seminar, according to a draft agenda for the session.

September 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Department plans to expand counterdrug operations at a key Colombian base have been temporarily put on hold as Colombia's government rethinks a defense cooperation pact between the two nations, according to a military official.

August 26, 2010 | Daily News

As U.S. troops prepare for a limited draw down in Afghanistan starting next July, American air advisers working to stand up the Afghan National Air Force continue to wrestle with significant technological and cultural hurdles within that nascent force, a senior service official tells Inside the Air Force.

From the lack of reliable coordination with coalition forces to a military culture steeped in the guerrilla-type mentality of the mujahadeen, U.S. advisers within the ANAF are working tirelessly to address these issues before time runs out on their mission.

August 10, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week is kicking off a new batch of fiscal year 2010 security assistance programs worth $39 million to provide equipment and training to Eastern European nations as well as counterterrorism efforts in East Africa and Southeast Asia, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is extracting a set of conclusions from Limited Objective Experiment 4, an exercise incorporating new tactics in a counterinsurgency scenario set in Hawaii last month.