Effective Counterinsurgency: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Military Partnership, Hearing Before the Full Committee of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, Hearing Held, April 23, 2009   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of Ike Skelton: "This Congress, this Administration, are committed to developing a mutually beneficial long-term and consistent relationship with the country of Pakistan. Pakistan may well pose the most complex security challenge facing us. The terrorist havens continue to thrive in Pakistan's border area, providing refuge to Al Qaeda, and negatively impacting stability in Afghanistan. Terrorist and insurgent forces on Pakistan's territory also contribute to Pakistan's own internal instability, which is further compounded by the country's economic crisis, and civilian government, with limited powers. At the same time, Pakistan continues to possess enough fissile material for about 55 to 90 nuclear weapons, and tensions with its nuclear-armed neighbor, India, have increased. So how do we strengthen the U.S.-Pakistan military partnership to better address these challenges? In my opinion, the Administration's recent Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy is a step in the right direction. However, the strategy alone does not guarantee success. Implementation of the strategy, benchmarks to measure progress, and accountability are all critical, as well as close cooperation with our Pakistani partners in all of these areas." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John M. McHugh, Ike Skelton, David W. Barno, David Kilcullen, and Shuja Nawaz.

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H.A.S.C. No. 111-43
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