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Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Linda Robinson , RAND Corporation , asymmetrical warfare , In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST

Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Tags: Gene Aloise , SIGAR , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , waste fraud abuse , oversight , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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Hagel meets with Brownlee

New Zealand Minister of Defense Gerry Brownlee visited the Pentagon this week. During his meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Hagel praised the growth of the bilateral defense relationship and expressed appreciation for New Zealand's support for the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Tags: Chuck Hagel , Gerry Brownlee , New Zealand , ISIL , Resolute Support ,

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 09:39am EST

Military granted approval to target Taliban

President Barack Obama has approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda after this year.

Tags: Barack Obama , Taliban , DoD , Al Qaeda , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 09:24am EST

The Taliban winning and losing

The Taliban are able to launch suicide attacks and over-run small villages in remote areas, but when it comes to taking over Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell commander of ISAF and U.S. forces-Afghanistan says the only real success the Taliban have been able to achieve lately is the media war.

Tags: Taliban , ISAF , John Campbell , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 10:54am EST

GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Tags: Jory Heckman , DoD , GAO , Iraq , Army , Marine Corps

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Tags: John Sopko , Jared Serbu , On DoD , SIGAR , inspector general , DoD

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT

Al Qaeda suspect faces hearing

A military judge overseeing the trial of an accused al Qaeda leader heard arguments about what information can be released during his upcoming trial. The concern is that national security could be jeopardized. The suspect, Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, is accused of being a senior al Qaeda commander who conspired to bomb Western forces in Afghanistan and of killing civilians and U.S. soldiers.

Tags: Al Qaeda , Abd al Hadi al Iraqi , Guantanamo Bay , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 09:47am EDT

Troops need four months to leave Afghanistan

The Pentagon has worked up plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon. The Associate Press is reporting that shortly before landing in Kabul for a visit, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, told reporters accompanying him on the trip that under optimal circumstances the U.S. would need about 120 days to pull all troops and equipment out of the country if there is no agreement allowing them to stay into 2015.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Martin Dempsey , presidential election

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:32am EDT

Fallen General returning home

As the body of an American General arrives back in the U.S. after being killed in Afghanistan. Afghan officials say that the soldier who killed General Harold Green came from a part of Afghanistan with a long history of Haqqani network fighters living there. The Haqqani network has strong links to the Taliban and has carried out significant attacks against U.S. forces.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Harold Greene , Haggani , Taliban

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:34am EDT
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