National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activities in the Greater Middle East and Africa, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, March 10, 2020   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the March 10, 2020 hearing on "National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activities in the Greater Middle East and Africa," held before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Kathryn Wheelbarger: "[O]ur approach to the Middle East and Africa policy is guided by our National Security Strategy and our NDS [National Defense Strategy]. Our overall goals are to protect the American people, defend the homeland, and promote prosperity and peace from a position of strength. As you have heard numerous times, our NDS directs the Department to focus on near-peer competition, while remaining vigilant and countering threats from rogue states like Iran and North Korea and continuing to address violent extremist organizations like al-Qaida and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]. The need to address near-peer competitors requires us to make adjustments to our posture and avoid prioritizing near-term problems at the expense of building readiness and capacity for high-end conflict in the future. As we do so, though, we must also deter and confront current adversaries while avoiding miscalculation or escalation that would distract and undermine our national security interests. In the Middle East, the United States strategy is to keep the region from being a safe haven for terrorists or dominated by any power hostile to the United States. The Department is focused on ensuring continued success against ISIS and al-Qaida, strengthening deterrence and our defenses against Iran, and competing with China and Russia. This requires investing in sustainable partnerships as a whole-of-government effort." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kenneth F. McKenzie, Stephen J. Townsend, and Kathryn Wheelbarger.

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H.A.S.C. No. 116-76; House Armed Service Committee No. 116-76
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