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SECDEF Mattis Predicts An Extended Fight in Afghanistan

SECDEF Mattis Predicts An Extended Fight in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24, 2017. DoD Photo

In the wake of a surprise attack that killed at least 160 Afghan soldiers last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said “the fight is going to go on” against terrorism and not just in Afghanistan. Read More

Panel: Propping Up Pentagon Budget Through War Funding Account to Continue

Panel: Propping Up Pentagon Budget Through War Funding Account to Continue

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

To get around spending caps, Congress and the Pentagon have increasingly turned to a warfighting account to pay for items that would normally be in its base budget, and it’s a practice that will likely continue even with a request for a $54 billion increase in defense spending for the coming year. Read More

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