Gen. Petraeus: “It is absolutely central to what we do”

March 18, 2011 By Melissa Silverman

The Senate concurred with the House yesterday on another three week extension of the current continuing resolution, and it is now ready for the President’s signature.  Earlier this week, General David Petraeus testified before both the House and the Senate Armed Services Committees.  He couldn’t have been clearer when asked by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to comment on the significance of the “civilian personnel, economic activities, (and) aid work” in Afghanistan.  “It is absolutely central to what we do,” Petraeus said.  “I am concerned that levels of funding for our State Department and USAID partners will not sufficiently enable them to build on the hard-fought security achievements of our men and women in uniform.”  Also this week, to help educate the new members of Congress, the USGLC just released a user-friendly snapshot on the International Affairs programs, including examples of how the programs impact us at home.  Feel free to download a copy.

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