The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing today on Understanding Future Irregular Warfare Challenges. Chairman Mac Thornberry made the following opening statement:
"Last fall this subcommittee held a hearing to begin exploring the possibility that what we call irregular warfare may be a regular, that is frequent, challenge for us in the future, as, in fact, it certainly has been in the past. And we began to explore how we ensure how the hard won lessons of the past decade are not simply shelved and forgotten as we 'get back to normal.'
"Today we want to go a little deeper in looking at what types of future irregular warfare challenges we are likely to face, what strategies are best suited to deal with these future challenges, and what examples or models may exist to support those strategies and effectively deal with irregular challenges.
"Let me just say that I have read all of the statements from all of the witnesses, and they were excellent. Each of you provided well written statements that were thought provoking. I have to say, Colonel Maxwell, I got some chuckles out of your description of the naming game that goes on in the Pentagon, and it made me feel better. Because sometimes I hear all of these terms that describe the same thing, and as I am trying to sort through what the difference in this, that, or the other thing is, it is somewhat reassuring to know that other people have the same issue, and that part of what is going on is just to make sure that we don't understand what is going on.
"I appreciate very much the statements that each of you provided, and I look forward to the subcommittee getting down into ask more questions about them."