Tags: Middle East | Trump Administration | War on Terrorism | pentagon | diplomats | turkey | usaid

Pentagon Seeks $25M for Middle East War Zone Diplomats

an american flag is projected onto one of the new freedom tower buildings in new york city
(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:39 PM

The Pentagon has asked Congress to grant approval for additional authority and up to $25 million in logistical support and services for diplomats and aid workers in Middle Eastern war zones, Al-Monitor reports.

Undersecretary for Defense John Rood, the third-ranking official in the Pentagon, submitted a proposal to Congress for support to the stabilization efforts made by the State Department and USAID that "will give DoD the authorities to kick-start State and USAID-run stabilization initiatives in otherwise unreachable areas," according to Mick Mulroy, the former top Defense Department official on the Middle East.

The proposal would allow staffers with State and USAID to be detailed to Pentagon forces, which would grant the DoD the legal authority to protect American diplomats and aid workers, as well as the authority to proceed with stabilization efforts without the approval of State personnel.

"This authority would be a small step toward enabling our interagency colleagues to quickly fill the gap before our adversaries can seize a power vacuum, be it [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula], [ISIS] or Iran," Mulroy said in a statement on the Pentagon's irregular warfare strategy last month.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has called for the Trump administration to create "warrior-diplomats" who can protect themselves while working on conflict resolution in war zones following Turkey's incursion into northern Syria.

"You're creating a new trained class of individuals who have the ability to protect themselves while being much more schooled in diplomacy and political reconciliation than our current crop of 19- and 20-year-old marines and special operators are," Murphy told Al-Monitor earlier this month. "These are incredibly capable young men and women, but their training is mostly in how to sort of shoot and protect themselves, not settle complicated political and economic problems."

© 2020 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Asking for additional authority and up to $25 million in logistical support and services for diplomats and aid workers in Middle Eastern war zones, the Pentagon is seeking help from Congress, according to Al-Monitor.
pentagon, diplomats, turkey, usaid
291
2019-39-28
Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:39 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved