Afghanistan: Key Issues and Security Force Considerations

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Tashawn N. Burwick (Editor)

Series: Global Political Studies, Foreign Policy of the United States
BISAC: HIS036000

The U.S. strategic goal for Afghanistan is to defeat and prevent the return of al Qaeda and its affiliates. Since fiscal year 2002, U.S. costs reported for U.S. military, U.S. diplomatic, and reconstruction and relief operations in Afghanistan have been over $500 billion. Given U.S. strategic goals and the level of U.S. resources expected to support Afghanistan in the future, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified a number of key issues for the 113th Congress to consider in developing oversight agendas and determining the way forward in Afghanistan. This book suggests specific areas of oversight on the topics of: Afghanistan’s security environment; transition of lead security to Afghan security forces; future cost and sustainability of Afghan security forces; and Department of Defense planning for the drawdown of equipment in Afghanistan. (Imprint: Nova)

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Preface

Afghanistan: Key Oversight Issues
(GAO)

In Brief: Next Steps in the War in Afghanistan? Issues for Congress
(Catherine Dale, CRS)

Statement of Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Hearing on “Afghan National Security Forces and Security Lead Transition: The Assessment Process, Metrics, and Efforts to Build Capacity”

Afghanistan Security: Long-standing Challenges May Affect Progress and Sustainment of Afghan National Security Forces. Statement of Charles Michael Johnson, Jr. and Sharon L. Pickup, Government Accountability Office. Hearing on “Afghan National Security Forces and Security Lead Transition: The Assessment Process, Metrics, and Efforts to Build Capacity”

Testimony of Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, Congressional Research Service. Hearing on “Afghan National Security Forces: Afghan Corruption and the Development of an Effective Fighting Force”

Testimony of Vanda Felbab-Brown, Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution. Hearing on “Afghan National Security Forces: Afghan Corruption and the Development of an Effective Fighting Force”

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