US forces in Iraq are training Iraqi troops to perform complex combined arms maneuvers involving armor, air and artillery support along with critical IED detection techniques, a senior enlisted soldier just back from Iraq says.
The United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 on its way to withdrawing all forces — save a small security staff at the US Embassy in Kabul by the end of 2016 — the White House announced Tuesday.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, echoing comments made over the past several months by a host of top Pentagon officials, argued Monday morning that the long-held American technological superiority over its adversaries is quickly eroding.
Reform of the Pentagon's weapons buying habits will lead Rep. Mac Thornberry's agenda as head of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) say committee aides, a long-term plan the Texas Republican will formally outline on Monday at a Washington think tank.
The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) was founded in 2006, born out of the hastily assembled Army IED Task Force created in 2003 to confront the deadly improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, that US forces were facing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Pentagon's top military leadership has been given their marching orders to move out on an ambitious wargaming plan to rescue a skill set that has "atrophied" in recent years, according to an internal Feb. 9 memo issued by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.