U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) today introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill to require a semiannual comprehensive report on the status of United States' efforts and the level of progress achieved to combat and defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates under the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, no single report by the Administration effectively assesses the ongoing status and progress against al Qaeda and the overall Global War on Terrorism.
"The Administration has repeatedly stated that the U.S. has made significant progress in the Global War on Terrorism, but these claims of success come without sufficient information or transparency," said Senator Casey. "This legislation will provide the American people with the information they need to assess whether or not we are winning the Global War on Terrorism and allow the Congress to hold the Administration accountable."
"The United States must have a comprehensive strategy that employs all of its instruments of power - including diplomatic, economic, intelligence and military - to combat and prevent the growth of terrorism and its underlying causes. This amendment would provide Congress a detailed assessment and strategic perspective of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Providing a comprehensive assessment to Congress will help ensure that all elements of national power are being used to defeat one of the greatest threats of the 21st century," said Senator Hagel.
The report required under the Success in Al Qaeda Reporting Requirements Act of 2008 would provide and document the following:
· A detailed assessment of the scope, status and progress of U.S. counterterrorism efforts in fighting al Qaeda and its affiliates abroad, including a specific list of the President's highest global counterterrorism priorities and an assessment of where al Qaeda poses the greatest threat to global security;
· A description of U.S. counterterrorism activities (political, economic, military, intelligence, etc.) including a description of efforts to counter terrorist recruitment and financing and support public diplomacy efforts;
· A cross-cut analysis of the budgets of all Federal Government agencies as they relate to counterterrorism funding to battle al Qaeda and its affiliates abroad;
· An analysis of the extent to which specific Federal appropriations have provided a return on investment on efforts to combat and defeat al Qaeda;
· Statistical assessments by the National Counterterrorism Center on the number of al Qaeda members killed, injured or taken into custody.