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Irregular Warfare Alert

November 02, 2012 | Inside the Army

An Army special operations leader has spoken out against a
proposal to to give special operations forces broader control over worldwide
operations, arguing such a move would distract from SOF's focus on more
discreet engagements.

October 17, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Given that the presence of American troops "can be controversial" within countries receiving U.S. security assistance, a draft State Department report urges using fewer military personnel and more career diplomats and civil servants from other agencies to accomplish the missions.

October 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon and State Department are proceeding with multimillion-dollar plans to provide  counterterrorism assistance to multiple countries through the new Global Security Contingency Fund, but further consultation with Congress will be needed before implementation, according to defense and diplomatic officials.

September 20, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon needs to ensure its systems are prepared to engage in operations around the world, especially in maritime areas, after spending the past decade being optimized for the hot desert and high mountains of Afghanistan, a Defense Department official focused on special operations said this week.

September 13, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon and the State Department are asking Congress to approve millions of dollars in counterterrorism aid for Libya, a request prepared prior to Tuesday's killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three of his staff members.

September 13, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense and diplomatic officials are asking lawmakers to approve a multimillion-dollar counterterrorism assistance effort for the Philippines, Nigeria, Libya, Bangladesh, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia in what would mark the first use of the new Global Security Contingency Fund.

September 07, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army's Rapid Equipping Force has sent a research team to Afghanistan to collect
information on how to use unmanned ground robots and sensors to navigate
networks of underground tunnels known as "karezes," according to a REF

August 08, 2012 | Daily News

Afghan security forces will be able to handle their own security, including threats from terrorist pockets camped out in safe havens in Pakistan, following the U.S. military's withdrawal in 2014, a Pentagon official said today.

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The White
House needs to develop a national security strategy for its multibillion-dollar
efforts to build the security capacity of foreign countries, update Byzantine
processes for prioritizing and funding such projects, aid more civilian
security personnel as opposed to troops and find better ways to assess whether
individual initiatives are succeeding or failing, warns a State Department
draft report prepared for senior administration officials.

July 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

Soldiers in
Afghanistan want help in language translation and have asked for the Army's
Rapid Equipping Force to come up with some solutions, according to the
service's REF chief.

July 17, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department is seeking permission from Congress to shift $135 million between accounts to finance so-called Section 1206 security assistance projects pushed by top brass at U.S. Africa, Central, and Pacific commands.

July 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has notified Congress the Pentagon plans to spend roughly $64 million on vehicles, communications gear, unmanned aircraft and other equipment to provide counterterrorism assistance to African security forces.

June 07, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Joint Staff warns in a critical assessment of the last decade of war that the Pentagon must craft a strategy for intelligence gathering and pursue major improvements in interagency coordination to avoid repeating mistakes made since the 9/11 attacks, according to a copy of the 40-page "for official use only" draft report obtained by Inside the Pentagon.

May 14, 2012 | Daily News

Concerned that China and Iran's development of anti-access and area-denial capabilities reflect an effective cost-imposing strategy against the United States, an inauspicious dynamic that could squeeze the U.S. military "under conditions of fiscal austerity" -- a House panel has commissioned a one-year Pentagon study to recommend ways to try to turn the tables.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

Intercontinental was awarded a $10.5 million Logistics Civil Augmentation
Program task order on March 20 to provide base support for Operation Observant
Compass, a mission set up to counter Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, according
to an internal memo distributed to Army leadership early this month.

April 23, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon has lined up a second batch of fiscal year 2012 security assistance programs drawn up with the State Department to train and equip foreign forces in 10 nations, including an $18.8 million project to bolster Ugandan and Burundi counterterrorism capabilities to fight al-Shabaab -- the Somalia-based arm of al-Qaeda, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

April 20, 2012 | Inside the Army

With U.S.-led
combat operations in Afghanistan slated to ramp down next year, State and
Defense department officials have begun hatching an end game to America's
massive military engagement in that country, projecting a footprint of 5,000
personnel on the ground after diplomats take over, according to officials and

March 15, 2012 | Daily News

Part of the Navy's fiscal year 2013 budget request includes funds to send four minesweeping ships and four MH-53 mine countermeasures helicopters into the Arabian Gulf as a way of "setting the theater" to better counter the threat posed by Iran, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

February 24, 2012 | Inside the Army

ammunition purchases for the fledgling Afghan national security forces remained
on hold for the third month pending an ongoing review of ammo stocks and
storage facilities discovered to be filled to the brim, according to ISAF

January 05, 2012 | Daily News

The United States' new defense strategy aims to trim conventional military forces while increasing investments in a handful of areas including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, unmanned systems, space programs, cyberspace capabilities, and platforms that project U.S. forces rapidly around the world, officials said today.