Afghanistan

  • Studying Contracting in Iraq

    The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, is out. General Bowen testified about the report before the new Commission on Wartime Contracting. Watch the entire morning session Watch the…

  • Should Congress Have a Say?

    President Obama is pulling troops out of Iraq, but also says a ‘residual force’ will remain through 2011. He’s adding 17,000 troops to the fight in Afghanistan. Neither of these commitments requires congressional approval. But…

  • Woman’s Touch at War

    Think of it as the ‘woman’s touch at war’. The 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine regiment has a not-so-secret weapon in the battle of hearts and minds in southern Afghanistan: an all-female Marine team. The women…

  • Next Steps in Afghanistan

    The way forward in Afghanistan was the subject of a speech by President Obama at the White House this morning. He talked about his plan to increase US presence in the country, and what he…

  • A Man with a Plan

    The president new strategy for Afghanistan includes an additional 4,000 troops to train the Afghan army and police force. The troops will work alongside hundreds of civilian specialists, including agricultural experts, educators and engineers, but…

  • Caution About Afghanistan

    The Associated Press] says Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday told Marines being deployed to Afghanistan that a U.S. victory there would look similar to progress in Iraq, but he cautioned that more civilians with skills beyond the battlefield will be needed, The Obama administration has called up 17,000 more troops to supplement the 38,000 American troops already fighting a resurgence of the Taliban. It said last month it would send several hundred citizens, from agronomists to economists, to work on reconstruction and development issues as part of the military’s counterinsurgency campaign.

  • Afghan Corruption

    United States must do more to help Afghanistan battle the corruption undermining critical programs to rebuild the war-torn country, a top government watchdog The Associated Press reports. According to the AP, Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said Afghan officials have made repeated pleas for assistance in ensuring the billions of dollars in international aid they’re receiving are spent properly. Yet graft and fraud remain significant problems even as more U.S. tax dollars flow into the country.

  • Defense Secretary Gates in Afghanistan

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates got a first-hand look at operations in Afghanistan last week. He met with U.S. forces there, and with local leaders who are working with American forces. He took a break from…

  • Change in Afghanistan

    Dissatisfaction with progress in Afghanistan has cost General David McKiernan his job there. SECDEF Robert Gates said ”new leadership” is required. He said the situation requires ”fresh thinking and fresh eyes.” So he’s assigned Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal to replace him. McChrystal is a former commander of special operations forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Right now, he’s director of the U.S. military Joint Staff.

  • Secy Gates makes changes to U.S. command in Afghanistan

    A change is being made in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a senior administrator with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will take the place of Gen. David McKiernan…