DoD to Deliver Counter-ISIS Review to White House


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis yesterday completed his first trip to the Middle East, where he gained valuable insight as he prepares to make key policy decisions, including submitting the results of a review of the department’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to the White House, Pentagon press operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters this morning.

Iraqi security forces practice tactical formation movements at the Besmaya Range Complex in Iraq, Jan. 20, 2017. Besmaya is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve locations dedicated to building partner capacity. CJTF-OIR is the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Wooten
Iraqi forces practice traveling in tactical formations at Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2017. Besmaya is one of four Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve locations dedicated to building partner capacity in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Next week, the Defense Department is due to send the White House a review of the global strategy to defeat ISIS in places outside Iraq and Syria. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Wooten
Iraqi security forces practice tactical formation movements at the Besmaya Range Complex in Iraq, Jan. 20, 2017. Besmaya is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve locations dedicated to building partner capacity. CJTF-OIR is the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Wooten
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Iraqi forces practice traveling in tactical formations at Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2017. Besmaya is one of four Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve locations dedicated to building partner capacity in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Next week, the Defense Department is due to send the White House a review of the global strategy to defeat ISIS in places outside Iraq and Syria. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Wooten
Photo By: Sgt. Joshua Wooten
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In a Jan. 28 memorandum, President Donald J. Trump ordered the Defense Department to come up with a new plan to defeat ISIS.

Whole-of-Government Plan

The captain called the review a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan.

“It will address ISIS globally, and it is not just a DoD plan,” he said. “We’re charged with leading the development of the plan, but it absolutely calls upon the capabilities of other departments.”

Davis said the White House memorandum “puts the bull’s eye of the target squarely on DoD to lead it, but it is absolutely being done with the input of other agencies. We chair it. We’re developing the strategy, but we’re doing it together with other departments.”

Review Involves Many Countries

The review will be an outline of a strategy that encompasses numerous issues surrounding the defeat of ISIS, he said. “We have been working diligently with our interagency partners to develop it with the intelligence community, our military commanders on the ground, the Joint Staff and our policy team here, and it represents the input of a number of other departments.”

The captain said that the proposed plan will go to the president, who will make decisions based on the recommendations contained in the review.

Countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya and others in the Southeast Asia region are included in the review, he said, “in the sense that this is going to explore the strategy for how we combat ISIS outside of Iraq and Syria, where we’ve seen ISIS spring up in other places.”

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