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Irregular Warfare Alert

February 14, 2014 | Inside the Navy

The first commanding officer of the Marine Corps' newest crisis response force returned from the first rotational deployment and said that a lesson learned is that a new end-state must be determined when operating in U.S. Africa Command.

February 14, 2014 | Inside the Navy

A forthcoming capstone strategy document from the Marine Corps will lay out the service's return to its roots as a forward and responsive expeditionary force, with an emphasis on advanced basing and smaller rapid response units, according to a draft copy of the document obtained by InsideDefense.com.

February 12, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Projected funding reductions across the military and the federal government are expected to degrade the readiness of special operations forces even if direct cuts to America's elite formations can be avoided, according to Michael Lumpkin, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict.

February 12, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Responding to congressional concerns, U.S. Special Operations Command has forgone a plan to increase its footprint in the national capital region, but continues to push for regional special operations forces coordination centers elsewhere in the world, according to the command's leadership.

January 29, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Recommendations from a 2012 Pentagon study illuminating the mostly painful lessons from a "decade of war" in Iraq and Afghanistan have spawned several new initiatives, but officials are approaching the study's insights through the military's catch-all, force-development mechanism rather than through a discrete initiative, according to a defense official.

January 29, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Freshman Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) this week criticized what he dubbed the "large-scale outsourcing" of diplomacy from the State Department to the nation's intelligence agencies and the military, saying members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on which he serves, are kept in the dark about government activities in current hot spots.

January 22, 2014 | Inside the Pentagon

Army and Marine Corps officials are putting the finishing touches on a revision of the dual-service counterinsurgency field manual that was credited as a major force in shaping the conduct of the Iraq war seven years ago.

January 17, 2014 | Inside the Navy

Marine Corps leadership will meet this week to discuss employing a crisis-response force in U.S. Central Command following the drawdown of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, according to a top service official.

November 15, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is looking to establish a special-purpose, Marine Air-Ground Task Force used for crisis response in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility about a year from now, according to a service spokesman.

October 16, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command's current authorities are largely adequate to fulfill its missions, but fiscal constraints will require increased civilian oversight of the organization, according to Michael Lumpkin, nominated to be the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict.

October 11, 2013 | Inside the Army

A two-star Army general said he was surprised to be part of a panel of military leaders on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the controversial Air-Sea Battle concept, but made his service's case for its inclusion in the strategy.

October 02, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon, and particularly the Air Force, will continue supporting French military forces in Mali into the fall based on France's requirements for airlift and other services that the European nation cannot entirely cover on its own, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

September 27, 2013 | Inside the Army

While details on its future have not yet been publicized, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization will remain a separate but smaller agency after the war in Afghanistan comes to a close, according to a Sept. 6 memo sent to service leaders by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

September 06, 2013 | Daily News

While the Obama administration insists that any U.S. military strike on Syria would not involve the use of American ground troops, the Defense Department has quietly planned for that possibility, according to a senior defense official.

August 28, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Data required by the U.S. military to keep track of contractors in Afghanistan is "often incomplete, inaccurate or even nonexistent," endangering American withdrawal plans from the country, according to a previously unreported May memo by the former head of U.S. Central Command's Joint Theater Support Contracting Command.

August 28, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is looking into creating a separate funding line for a critical counterterrorism authority, known as "Section 1208," and making it permanent, according to defense officials.

August 14, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Despite concerns from lawmakers, Pentagon officials do not want to modify a training authority for special operations forces, expressing concern that such changes could detrimentally impact the important program.

August 14, 2013 | Daily News

Defense Department authority for American support of France's military operations in the north African country of Mali is set to expire at the end of this month, but that mission could be extended pending an official request for continued assistance form the French, according to defense officials.

July 30, 2013 | Daily News

Afghan forces are not fielding nearly enough units to counter improvised explosive devices, the leading cause of deaths and injuries to coalition and Afghan troops and civilians in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report released today.

July 24, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

With Afghan casualties from improvised explosive devices on the rise, coalition forces are trying to impart to local army and police units vital lessons learned from NATO's decade-old struggle ahead of a drawdown scheduled for next year.