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Joe Dunford: UN Peacekeepers to Play Larger Role in Multinational Cooperation Against Threats

Marine Corps Gen_Joe DunfordU.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.N. Peacekeeping Force will likely assume a bigger role in missions to counter transregional conflicts, DoD News said Saturday.

Jim Garamone writes Dunford spoke at a peacekeeping meeting during a visit to the U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday.

Dunford said two-thirds of peacekeepers currently serve in active conflict areas and 16 peacekeeping operations are ongoing worldwide with more than 121,000 troops, police and civilians involved.

He added the “growing demand” for peacekeeping operations require optimized civilian and military leadership teams; forces at the brigade, battalion and company levels; and intelligence, air and ground mobility, logistics, counter-improvised explosive device, engineering and medical support.

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