Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Forces: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 17, 2013 [open pdf - 337KB]
This testimony compilation is from the April 17, 2013 hearing, "Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Forces," before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. From the opening statement of Michael Sheehan: "While the past decade has been marked by two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have not lost sight of the more pervasive and immediate threat of terrorism, especially from al-Qa'ida and its affiliate networks. To combat this widespread and evolving threat, we have engaged with willing nations around the world, building their capabilities and strengthening our partnerships with them. We have also leveraged a whole-of-government approach, characterized by diplomatic, economic, intelligence, law enforcement, informational, financial, and military instruments. In doing so, and with support from many of you in this room today, we have protected the American people. […] Today I wish to expand upon our defense strategy and discuss how--in the context of the dynamic threat posed by al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups--our CT [counterterrorism] efforts are progressing. I will also speak to the role of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the context of this new defense strategy." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mac Thornberry, William McRaven and Michael Sheehan.
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