Oversight: U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 5, 2013   [open pdf - 984KB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 5, 2013 hearing, "Oversight: U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Kevin Brady: "This year's posture hearings with the combatant commanders are being held under the specter of budget sequestration, which threatens to impose arbitrary cuts on our military forces unrelated to our National security requirements. Already, sequestration is having an operational impact in the CENTCOM [Central Command] area, with the Defense Department's postponement of the deployment of the USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. I hope that General Mattis and Admiral McRaven will address the impacts and risks will address the impacts and risks associated with sequestration and with the expiration of the continuing resolution. Our transition strategy in Afghanistan is entering a critical phase in the coming months. Afghan forces will move into the lead for security throughout Afghanistan beginning this spring. This transition has been under way for some time and Afghan forces are already in charge of security for more than 85 percent of the Afghan people. This shift to an Afghan security lead is exemplified by the statistic that in 2012 Afghan forces for the first time suffered more casualties than coalition forces. As Afghan security forces are step-ping, coalition forces are shifting to a support role, deploying security force assistance teams to advise and assist Afghan units throughout the end of 2014, when the ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] mission ends. ISAF casualties are down and during a one-month stretch from mid-January to mid-February of this year ISAF forces suffered no fatalities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Levin, James M. Inhofe, James N. Mattis and William H. McRaven.

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