Building Partnership Capacity and Development of the Interagency Process, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 15, 2008   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of Ike Skelton: "Our country faces a more complex security environment today than that of the Cold War. We have seen a growing realization that the Nation's challenges such as fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting terrorism, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) require holistic strategies that make use of all the capabilities of all of our government agencies. Instead, our national security structures remain essentially unchanged from the days of the Cold War. The mechanisms to integrate all of the United States governmental departments and agencies that should play a role in the development of our national security policy and in translating that policy into integrated action are weak if they exist at all. Where they do exist, they are usually the ad hoc efforts of those directly engaged in the challenge of the moment and not the result of a deliberative process designed to achieve a unity of effort that emerges as a natural product of governmental function. Our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan are forcing solutions on those issues. Just as those conflicts will not be solved by military power, so too is the expertise we most need to make a difference there essentially diplomatic." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Robert M. Gates, Michael G. Mullen, Condoleezza Rice, Jim Marshall, K. Michael Conaway, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and John Spratt.

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H.A.S.C. No. 110-146; House Armed Services Committee No. 110-146
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