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Irregular Warfare Alert

January 29, 2015 | Daily News

Draft details of the fiscal year 2016 defense budget submission that have begun surfacing show which acquisition programs stand to gain most from the Pentagon's $585 billion request, which ignores the automatic cuts set to be triggered by sequestration, according to a draft briefing from the Defense Department comptroller's office.

December 24, 2014 | Daily News

The Army is planning to launch a pilot program in the Pacific using a controversial social science system that embeds anthropologists with combat brigade units.

December 17, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Congress has agreed to provide the Defense Department with $64 billion in overseas contingency operations funding for fiscal year 2015, supporting several accounts inside the OCO budget aimed at equipping allies to fight Islamic extremists in the Middle East and reassuring partners against Russian expansionism in Eastern Europe.

December 12, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The fiscal year 2015 compromise bill agreed to by House and Senate appropriators cut $12.8 million from what the Marine Corps requested as part of the service's unfunded priority list for its crisis-response units.

December 12, 2014 | Daily News

Congress has cleared the Defense Department to reprogram $220 million from its operations and maintenance accounts to get the first installment of funds required to train and equip moderate members of the Syrian opposition, according to the DOD comptroller's office.

December 11, 2014 | Daily News

A newly proposed measure for the authorization for the use of military force that has passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would prohibit large numbers of U.S. ground troops from entering combat in Iraq and Syria and limit authorization to three years.

December 09, 2014 | Daily News

Secretary of State John Kerry finally gave Congress a glimpse into what the Obama administration wants in a congressionally authorized use of military force document to be used against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which includes no restrictions on U.S. troops on the ground.

November 21, 2014 | Inside the Navy

NORFOLK, VA -- The Marine Corps crisis response force supporting U.S. Central Command's area of operations is based in more than five countries in the region and has grown by 200 additional Marines since its inception, according to a top service official.

November 17, 2014 | Daily News

NORFOLK, VA -- The Marine Corps' crisis response force supporting U.S. Central Command's area of operations is based in more than five countries in the region and has grown by 200 additional Marines since its inception, according to a top service official.

November 14, 2014 | Inside the Army

The Obama administration still does not want to be seen as "owning" the campaign against Islamic State militants, but the president's top military adviser has laid out conditions that could lead to greater on-the-ground involvement.

November 13, 2014 | Daily News

Despite a recent request for $5.6 billion in supplemental wartime funding, the Defense Department may need to return to Congress for more money in the future to fund its $8 million-a-day campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.

November 10, 2014 | Daily News

The White House is requesting an additional $5 billion in overseas contingency funding in fiscal year 2015 to support its expanded campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with $1.6 billion to support the U.S. mission to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to government documents.

October 30, 2014 | Daily News

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Thursday the "command-and-control apparatus" is in place to begin a $500 million effort to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, though the vetting effort has not yet been launched.

October 17, 2014 | Daily News

America's top general in the campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria believes enemy units will be "much degraded" over the next eight to 12 months, creating the opportunity for 5,000 U.S.-trained Syrian rebels to make a significant impact when they join the fight next year.

October 08, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

The United States' post-2014 plans for Afghanistan could leave the country's military unprepared to fend off insurgent forces and become reminiscent of Iraq after the U.S. withdrawal, according to a former Defense Department official.

September 19, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps' crisis-response unit supporting U.S. Central Command recently held a six-day mission readiness exercise on the West Coast to prepare for its deployment to an area of responsibility, according to a document obtained by Inside the Navy.

September 11, 2014 | Daily News

While a plan to resource President Obama's new strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has yet to fully emerge, the Pentagon remains focused on a $500 million request to Congress for the vetting and training of Syrian rebels as the House prepares to pass a stop-gap measure likely to fund the rest of the president's strategy.

September 11, 2014 | Daily News

President Obama is shifting the United States onto the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, pursing a new strategy that includes airstrikes in Syria; increased support for forces on the ground in Iraq; and an effort to train Syrian rebels inside Saudi Arabia, according to senior administration officials.

August 27, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee called on the White House this week to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria in ways that go beyond the fiscal year 2015 budget.

August 21, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon has notified Congress that it intends to transfer millions to the Global Security Contingency Fund to help Ukraine in light of its conflict with Russia, as well as activities to counter Boko Haram in Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers in two recent letters.

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