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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Philip M. Breedlove
Afghanistan's police force and army still need more training to handle the country's security on their own, making it critical for a new security agreement to be signed to allow international forces to remain after 2014, NATO's top two leaders said Saturday.
A top Marine Corps general told Congress on Thursday that cutting the Corps to 150,000 Marines, as some analysts project, would mean it could not fulfill its mission during a major war, or respond adequately to crises and humanitarian disasters around the world.
Asked whether Afghan forces will be ready to take lone security responsibility at the end of this year, Breedlove said: "with 11 more months of training we'll be able to address many of their continuing challenges but no, there will be more challenges post-'14 and that is the raison d'etre for the Resolute Support mission."
"We're flying the oldest fleet that the Air Force has ever flown, and we do need to desperately get to recapitalization during this age of fiscal austerity," he said.