The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations met today for a hearing on "Afghan National Security Forces: Resources, Strategy, and Timetable for Security Lead Transition". Chairman Rob Wittman made the following opening statement:
"Today the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee convenes the first of a series of hearings related to the Afghan National Security Forces.
"At this hearing, we will receive testimony from the Department of Defense about the resources and strategy related to training the ANSF and the timetable for transitioning security lead responsibility from U.S. and NATO forces to the ANSF.
The Department of Defense is represented today by:
- Mr. David Sedney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia; and
- Major General Stephen Townsend, Director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell
"Thank you for your participation. We look forward to your testimony on plans for training and equipping the ANSF, and details about the projected size and related rationale of the ANSF in the near and long-term.
"I have just returned from leading a Congressional trip to Afghanistan. During my visit, I traveled to several provinces and met with local leaders, including the chiefs of police. I also had the opportunity to talk to military commanders, who provided their impressions of the level of support that will be needed to create a self-sustaining ANSF. It is my hope that our witnesses today can provide further context on these important issues.
"As an administrative note, I recognize that Members of other subcommittees have joined us. Pursuant to committee rules, I will recognize these Members after all O&I subcommittee members have had an opportunity to question the witnesses."