With the Obama administration and lawmakers eyeing the possible end of major combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the next year or two, attention in Washington is turning to institutionalizing some of the U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) response rapidly stood up in the last five years. On Capitol Hill, where the next federal budget is under deliberation, the issue is emerging amid tightening fiscal projections and growing concerns about North Korea, Iran and China. “There is ...


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