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Irregular Warfare Alert

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 | Daily News

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.

December 01, 2015 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter sparred with members of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday over the Pentagon's plan to intensify the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

November 20, 2015 | Inside the Army

American soldiers deployed to train local African forces can sometimes find themselves exposed to the grand power struggle playing out on the continent between the West and China, reports a colonel with recent experience in the region.

October 15, 2015 | Daily News

In a significant policy shift, President Obama announced this week that the United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through "most of 2016," and will maintain 5,500 troops into 2017.

October 15, 2015 | Daily News

In a significant policy shift, President Obama announced this week that the United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through "most of 2016," and will maintain 5,500 troops into 2017.

October 14, 2015 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged Wednesday to submit a fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress that will continue funding the training and development of the Afghan military as the Pentagon works with the White House and State Department to craft a new strategy for an enduring presence in Afghanistan.

October 09, 2015 | Daily News

The Defense Department is re-tooling its embattled effort to train and equip thousands of Syrian rebels -- which resulted in only a small number of vetted fighters to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- and is now focusing on assisting a much narrower group of "vetted leaders and their units," according to an Oct. 9 statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

October 09, 2015 | Daily News

The Defense Department is re-tooling its embattled effort to train and equip thousands of Syrian rebels -- which resulted in only a small number of vetted fighters to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- and is now focusing on assisting a much narrower group of "vetted leaders and their units," according to an Oct. 9 statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

October 06, 2015 | Daily News

Gen. John Campbell, head of Resolution Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Oct. 6 that events on the ground necessitate a change in the Obama administration's plan for a sustained presence in the country after 2016.

September 24, 2015 | Daily News

During a Pentagon press conference Thursday with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Ukrainian defense minister Col. Gen. Stepan Poltorak said "the issue of lethal equipment was not on the table" in his discussions with U.S. officials, but he reiterated that Ukraine would welcome such assistance as it defends its eastern border from Russian-backed separatists.

September 08, 2015 | Daily News

The Pentagon continues to reassess its plans for training and equipping Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday, noting that there have been "hard lessons" learned.

September 08, 2015 | Daily News

The Pentagon continues to reassess its plans for training and equipping Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday, noting that there have been "hard lessons" learned.

August 28, 2015 | Daily News

The Defense Department is implementing changes to its planning, training, information exchange, equipment allocation and passport procedures for Army brigades allocated to U.S. Africa Command. The regional alignment, in effect since 2013 for AFRICOM, is designed to ensure the availability of specially trained forces for the combatant commands.

July 31, 2015 | Daily News

As Congress continues to blast the Defense Department's anemic number of trained Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Operation Inherent Resolve Commander Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea told reporters July 31 that the Pentagon's train-and-assist efforts with Iraq Sunni tribes have been more successful.

July 30, 2015 | Daily News

The Defense Department scrapped $157.4 million worth of equipment it bought that never reached the Afghan National Army, according to a quarterly report to Congress from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

July 22, 2015 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent a letter to Congress certifying the Iraqi government has done its part to match at least 40 percent of the $1.6 billion the United States has put toward training and equipping the Iraqi military in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, though those efforts have come under fire on Capitol Hill in recent weeks for a perceived lack of progress.

July 22, 2015 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent a letter to Congress certifying the Iraqi government has done its part to match at least 40 percent of the $1.6 billion the United States has put toward training and equipping the Iraqi military in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, though those efforts have come under fire on Capitol Hill in recent weeks for a perceived lack of progress.

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