Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford said last week that the military needs a balanced approach to its capabilities and shouldn't sacrifice ground combat forces for technological advances. "Experience tells us we need a balanced inventory of capabilities and capacities in joint force to be successful," the Joint Chiefs of Staff nominee said in testimony during his confirmation hearing.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford is believed to be President Obama's likely choice for the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sources say. Dunford reportedly turned down the job initially, and some say his confirmation process could be contentious.
NATO will contribute about 4,000 troops to Afghanistan security next year, in addition to the 9,800 that the U.S. plans to leave in the region, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has said. The number of NATO troops in Afghanistan could climb higher than 14,000 with the addition of special forces from U.S. allies such as the U.K. and Australia.
Answering U.S. President Barack Obama's call for an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, NATO has pledged an additional 7,000 troops to the campaign and promised more will follow. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.K. Foreign Minister David Miliband and top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, spoke to the North Atlantic Council in hopes of pressing NATO allied nations to commit more troops -- in particular, combat soldiers -- to the mission.
U.S. Army Gen. David McKiernan, who leads the NATO mission in Afghanistan, says he will pledge to avoid more civilian deaths and hopes to curb the use of air strikes which have lead to greater civilian deaths. He said NATO requires more troops to accomplish its mission in Afghanistan.