Under New Authority, DOD Prepares to Train Foreign Militaries with Conventional Forces

By Jason Sherman / January 25, 2006 at 5:00 AM
The Defense Department is preparing to take advantage of a new, temporary authority to use general-purpose troops to train and equip foreign militaries. Pentagon officials say such training is essential to fighting terrorist networks around the world, particularly those that seek to establish operational bases in ungoverned areas. The Office of the Secretary of Defense will soon prepare draft instructions for combatant commanders that spell out how they can avail themselves of a two-year pilot program that went into effect...

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