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News Archive: July 2013


WASHINGTON - They represent specialties as far afield as defense strategy and epidemiology, bringing with them an average of 20 years of experience to the front lines. As American and NATO forces draw down from Afghanistan, Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA) represent the tip of the spear in helping the Afghan government develop and maintain stable civilian controlled security institutions in Afghanistan long after 2014.

TAMPA, Fla., July 11, 2013 – After 12 years of sustained conflict in their area of responsibility, officials at U.S. Central Command are preparing for what they expect to be the “new normal” -- a strategic environment that albeit unpredictable, supports long-term stability and ultimately, peace.

The 20-nation region that stretches across the Middle East and Central Asian states remains rife with challenges, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, Centcom’s director of strategy, plans and policy, said during an interview at the command’s MacDill Air Force Base headquarters.

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 – Afghan security forces are succeeding in the task of securing their people and their nation, and now the Afghan people are counting on coalition help to navigate the next transition, a senior defense official told a Senate panel today.

Dr. Peter R. Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about the envisaged situation in Afghanistan at the end of 2014, when the International Security Assistance Force will end its mission in the country.