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Irregular Warfare Alert

July 24, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

America's best chance of eliminating the threat of terrorism lies in adopting a law-enforcement mindset in hotspots around the world, with U.S. military forces in a mere advisory role, according to the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. William McRaven.

June 12, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. officials should describe terror attacks in a "nuanced" fashion and avoid rhetoric that could empower al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, a senior Pentagon official said last week.

June 12, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Newly proposed legislation in the House of Representatives paints a picture of lawmakers growing increasingly concerned that U.S. Special Operations Command may be overreaching in its attempts to assert a prominent role in the national defense apparatus, according to a congressional source and an Inside the Pentagon analysis of the emerging fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations and authorization bills.

June 07, 2013 | Inside the Navy

A new Marine Corps crisis response team that falls under the control of U.S. Africa Command is being based at Morón Air Base in Spain while the service continues to assess the appropriate location for the unit, a service spokesman told Inside the Navy.

June 05, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

House defense authorizers are expected to deny a U.S. Special Operations Command request to fund three new offices -- one in the Washington region, one in Hawaii and one in Colombia -- that would help expand what command chief Adm. William McRaven has called a "global network" of special operations forces.

May 24, 2013 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps will continue hosting Experimental Forward Operating Bases to identify technologies that reduce dependency on energy and water in the battlefield even as the service draws down its presence in Afghanistan and budgets remain uncertain, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy said last week.

May 09, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department is launching a series of counterterrorism security assistance projects in Africa, distributing $55 million worth of aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors, ground vehicles, radios and more to four nations, including a new recipient -- Burkina Faso.

May 09, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

As the military prepares for whatever follows a decade of large-scale ground wars, reserve forces are likely to undergo changes to how they are employed and for what purposes, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said this week.

April 26, 2013 | Inside the Army

Army and Navy officials who participated in a roundtable discussion last week that mulled the future of Army forces in the Asia Pacific all agreed on the same basic point: the United States should not create a second Marine Corps.

April 17, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department's new budget request would start an array of multimillion-dollar development programs tailored to the needs of the nation's most elite troops, including investments in precision weapons, electronic warfare and future vertical-lift capabilities.

March 22, 2013 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' new special purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force crisis response team will be about one-sixth the size of a traditional MAGTF but will allow the service to place more units in places like Africa to provide the range and speed needed to respond to crises, a Marine Corps official said last week
March 20, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department will ask lawmakers to approve nearly $70 million in new counterterrorism aid for Libya, Nigeria and the Philippines, among other countries, according to an administration report to Congress.

March 20, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department will ask lawmakers to approve nearly $70 million in new counterterrorism aid for Libya, Nigeria and the Philippines, among other countries, according to an administration report to Congress.

March 13, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

More permanent and aligned authorities would better enable special operations forces to establish long-term relationships with foreign partners and prevent management challenges, according to a recent report to Congress.

February 20, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

As Mali descended into chaos last summer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey ordered a classified study of why years of effort to prevent the kind of lawlessness gripping the northern part of the country had proven futile, according to defense officials.

February 19, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department is launching its first fiscal year 2013 security assistance programs, moving ahead with nine projects to bolster the capabilities of European nations preparing to deploy personnel to Afghanistan to operate alongside U.S. troops, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

February 14, 2013 | Daily News

While Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Loyd Austin did not provide specifics in terms of appropriate troop levels for both American and Afghan forces following the 2014 drawdown, he pledged to push for a force size that would accomplish the U.S. military's objectives if he is appointed to be the next head of U.S. Central Command.

January 30, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The best way for U.S. Special Operations Command to support
geographic combatant commanders is by improving the theater special operations
commands, according to command leaders.

January 30, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Obama administration's $32 million aid proposal for African troops fighting Islamic extremists in Mali could provide urgently needed armored vehicles, communications gear, body armor and other equipment along with training and logistical support, according to documents submitted to Congress.

November 16, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is once again pushing to be the Defense Department-wide proponent for all things related to stability operations, seven years after being denied that role in the Rumsfeld Pentagon, according to officials and documents.