HASC’s Smith at CSIS: US Needs ‘Whole-of-Government Approach’ to Security Assistance


Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, advocates for a “whole-of-government approach” to US security sector assistance that promotes counterinsurgency through stability operations, understands this kind of support comprises more than just defense, and splits the workload between the US Defense Department and US State Department, since achieving security goals through interagency and international cooperation is more cost-efficient and can be more effective than putting boots on the ground, during a Feb. 12, 2018, speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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