U.S. Senate

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:10
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the formation of the command. Since our standup in 2008, our operational capabilities and capacities have markedly increased. In parallel, our relationships with African partners and our security cooperation engagements have matured in both focus and effectiveness.
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:07
Preserving our readiness remains critical to maintaining the Nation’s capability to project power and influence anywhere, anytime. As the Distribution Process Owner (DPO), USTRANSCOM focuses on end-to-end performance and on providing the most value by targeting process improvements and enterprise performance measurements.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:22
After 33 years in power, Robert Mugabe is running for yet another term. To put this in perspective, jump forward to the year 2041 and imagine that President Obama is still President, has deployed the FBI, CIA, and U.S. Marines to crush his domestic opponents, and is then running again for another term. Unthinkable? That’s the situation in Zimbabwe today.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:20
For the first time since that coalition government was formed, President Robert Mugabe issued a presidential decree last Thursday that short-circuits the democratic process, by-passing the still functioning Parliament, cutting short voter registration, overriding constitutional provisions on time-lines for candidate nominations and posing obstacles to critical reforms that are essential not only to achieve fair and free elections but to achieve peaceful, credible and transparent elections.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:16
Many people in Zimbabwe have expectations that the elections will usher in a democratically elected government with interest in addressing the country’s longstanding and serious human rights issues. But as things stand currently, the chances of having free, fair and credible elections are slim, particularly given the shortcomings of security sector reforms and reforms in other sectors.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:56
The negotiated resolution to Zimbabwe’s violent electoral dispute in 2008 brought with it an opportunity for the consolidation of democratic institutions and improved systems of governance in Zimbabwe. A Government of National Unity (GNU) was formed, composed of Zimbabwe’s then-ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), and the two factions of the former opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)—MDC-T (Tsvangirai) and MDC-N (Ncube).
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:52
Today’s topic is particularly timely, given that we are now seeing a transition in the scope and nature of the terrorist threat we face -- a transition that requires us to assess whether we have the right counterterrorism strategy, organization and authorities to successfully meet this evolving threat.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:49
While we have made remarkable strides against the threat of catastrophic attacks like that which we experienced on 9/11, the continued presence of al Qa’ida in Yemen, the growing presence of al Qa’ida‐associated elements in North Africa and Syria, and increased instability across North Africa and the Middle East highlight how the threat of terrorism continues.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:43
It is fitting that this Committee—the Foreign Relations Committee—is holding this hearing. As I reflect on my own role and the role of many who tried just as hard to keep us safe after 9/11, we got many of the tactics right but the strategy wrong. We have yet to develop a narrative, a positive-sum roadmap for where we are going and why others will benefit by joining with us.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 16:55
It is tragic to note that fifteen to twenty years after the end of brutal armed conflicts in the region, levels of criminal violence in Central America are higher than during the wars.