Tag Archives: Afghanistan

U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Tells Senate He Needs ‘A Few Thousand’ Troops to Break Stalemate

U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Tells Senate He Needs ‘A Few Thousand’ Troops to Break Stalemate

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016. US Army Photo

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016. US Army Photo

To break the military stalemate in Afghanistan, the commander of American and coalition forces there testified he needs “a few thousand” more troops for the train, advise and assist mission to succeed. Read More

USMC to Return to Helmand, As Higher-Ranking Marines Selected To Train Afghan Army, Police

USMC to Return to Helmand, As Higher-Ranking Marines Selected To Train Afghan Army, Police

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, greet a member of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as he takes his post aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 27, 2014. The ANA will took command of all posts aboard Camp Leatherneck upon the end of Regional Command (Southwest) operations in Helmand province. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, greet a member of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as he takes his post aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 27, 2014. The ANA will took command of all posts aboard Camp Leatherneck upon the end of Regional Command (Southwest) operations in Helmand province. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines will return to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after more than two years away from the region that saw so many fierce battles and so many casualties. Read More

Brookings Institution Expresses Concern Over Trump Views on NATO, Military Spending

Brookings Institution Expresses Concern Over Trump Views on NATO, Military Spending

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and service members with the Mexican Navy take part in a mechanized assault exercise using assault amphibious vehicles to enhance their sea-to-land capabilities aboard San Clemente Island, California, July 30, 2016 during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and service members with the Mexican Navy take part in a mechanized assault exercise using assault amphibious vehicles to enhance their sea-to-land capabilities aboard San Clemente Island, California, July 30, 2016 during the Southern California portion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

Speaking the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, one of the nation’s leading security and foreign policy experts said, “I think Vladimir Putin had a great night.” Read More

Opinion: Winning the Protracted War Against Radical Islamic Terrorists

Opinion: Winning the Protracted War Against Radical Islamic Terrorists

Soldiers of the personal security detachment for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, patrol the villages in the Bagram Security Zone in 2011. US Army Photo

Soldiers of the personal security detachment for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, patrol the villages in the Bagram Security Zone in 2011. US Army Photo

President Barack Obama’s recent decision to leave 8,400 U.S. forces in Afghanistan through next year and NATO’s announcement over the weekend to support the United States with another 3,000 troops—as well as $1 billion in financial support— means the effort to secure a lasting peace in Afghanistan will enter its 16th year with U.S. forces still operating on the ground and in the air above Afghanistan. Two U.S. administrations have now pursued an elusive peace in this region of the world at a staggering cost in blood and treasure. Read More

SASC Staffer Goel : U.S., Pakistan Relationship Goes Beyond Afghanistan

SASC Staffer Goel : U.S., Pakistan Relationship Goes Beyond Afghanistan

U.S. and Pakistan national anthems are played during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2010. US Navy Photo

U.S. and Pakistan national anthems are played during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) at Naval Station Mayport in 2010. US Navy Photo

When considering the future U.S. relations with Pakistan it’s important not to deal with Islamabad exclusively “through the lens of Afghanistan,” a Senate Armed Services Committee staffer said Thursday. Read More

Dunford: Next U.S. Military Strategy Document will be Classified

Dunford: Next U.S. Military Strategy Document will be Classified

Gen. Joseph Dunford testifying before Congress on March 17, 2016. DoD Photo

Gen. Joseph Dunford testifying before Congress on March 17, 2016. DoD Photo

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the next military strategy document will be kept classified, a recommendation often called for in House and Senate armed services committee hearings that began in the fall on “defense reform.” Read More