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Irregular Warfare Alert

August 05, 2010 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is seeking Congress' consent to spend nearly $40 million on new military aid to allied troops in Afghanistan and international counterterrorism forces around the globe.

The money would be used to build the capacity of Bulgarian and Polish troops to operate alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan and to strengthen the capacity of counterterrorism forces in the Philippines, Kenya and Djibouti.

July 30, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon has commissioned a new Defense Science Board study to steer investment decisions on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for counterinsurgency operations.

The effort will identify how Defense Department intelligence can "most effectively support COIN operations and what emerging science and technology would have the greatest intelligence potential in this type of warfare," according to a March 8 memo released today by the Pentagon.

July 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A proposal by the Pentagon's special operations shop to stand up a new irregular warfare office faces an uncertain fate given potential personnel changes and the Defense Department's big push to cut overhead, according to sources tracking the effort.

July 21, 2010 | Daily News

Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, the incoming chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command, today said issues surrounding the use of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems during counterinsurgency operations are high on his agenda as the general in charge of advancing new warfighting concepts and joint training efforts.

July 20, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department today opened the door to possible collaboration between the U.S. military and the Chinese army on security and stability initiatives in Africa, a continent where the Pentagon is cultivating relationships with dozens of governments and where Beijing is making substantial commercial investments and forging diplomatic ties.

July 16, 2010 | Inside the Army

The announcement of a U.S. troop withdrawal date last December did not move Taliban leaders in South Afghanistan to pursue a strategy of awaiting the Americans' exit next summer only to retake power afterward, as many Republicans in Washington have charged, according to a previously unreported military assessment from this spring.