Tag Archives: Afghanistan

John Kirby: DOD Global Posture Review Considers al-Qaida Threats in Africa

John Kirby

John Kirby, press secretary of the Pentagon, said the military will continue its counterterrorism efforts in Africa and other locations being pursued by al-Qaida, despite the end of U.S. operations in Afghanistan. Kirby said at a conference the Department of Defense continues to review if it has deployed the right amount of forces at specific areas across the globe.

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Lloyd Austin: US Capabilities to Strike, Track Global Threats Have Evolved Since 2001

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes the U.S. is now safer than in 2001 given the capabilities it has acquired and developed when it comes to collecting, analyzing and tracking threats worldwide. Austin talked about evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, the counterterror war and his top priority.

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U.S. Contractors Continue Efforts to Evacuate Personnel From Afghanistan; Howard Lind Quoted

Afghanistan Evacuation

U.S. government contractors continue their efforts to move their staff out of Afghanistan even after the U.S. completed troop withdrawal and evacuation operations late Monday. “We are doing everything we can to ensure the security of our remaining local national workforce there, working closely to support the Department of State and Department of Defense in their evacuation efforts," PAE said in a statement.

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U.S. Completes Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan; Antony Blinken Quoted

Antony Blinken

Five U.S. C-17 military transport planes departed Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan late Monday, marking the completion of U.S. troop withdrawal and evacuation operations and the end of a 20-year war in the country. As part of the evacuation, approximately 123,000 individuals have been airlifted out of Afghanistan in the last two months, including about 6,000 U.S. citizens.

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Trade Groups, Federal Officials Discuss Efforts to Evacuate Federal Contractors From Afghanistan; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

Professional Services Council, National Defense Industrial Association and International Stability Operations Association leaders met with officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and departments of Defense and State Friday to discuss the evacuation of federal contractor employees and their families out of Afghanistan.

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PSC to Host Forum to Address Industry Concerns With Afghanistan Drawdown; Stephanie Kostro Quoted

Stephanie Kostro

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies to take part in an information-sharing forum on August 6th to improve communication and coordination between government and industry on contractor issues in relation to the military drawdown in Afghanistan.

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Biden Vows Commitment to NATO Alliance, Collaboration to Address Security Threats

White House

President Biden said the U.S. remains committed to the transatlantic alliance and will work closely with partners in the European Union to address the shared security threats and other challenges. "The transatlantic alliance is back. And we are not looking backward; we are looking forward, together,” Biden said Friday in a speech during the virtual Munich Security Conference.

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Report: Charles Kupperman to Serve as Acting National Security Adviser

Charles Kupperman, deputy national security adviser, has been named interim national security adviser to President Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the White House said Kupperman will succeed John Bolton, who resigned from the national security adviser post due to disagreements with the president over foreign policies, including peace talks in Afghanistan.

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Potomac Officers Club Announces Dr. Bruce Jette as Keynote Speaker for 4th Annual Army Forum on Oct. 2nd

Dr. Bruce Jette, assistant secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology for the U.S. Army, will be featured as the keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s 4th Annual Army Forum on October 2nd. Click here to register for the 4th Annual Army Forum on Oct. 2nd. 

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