Whole-of-government needed to counter ISIL

Earlier this month, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Honorable Christine E. Wormuth spoke at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on the need for whole-of-government collaboration to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

In her remarks, Wormuth stressed that combating ISIL is not strictly a military issue. Instead, Wormuth stated that “we won’t have a lasting defeat of ISIL unless we leverage all different parts of the U.S. government and coalition governments.” This whole-of-government and international effort would include countering ISIL’s financing, defeating its messaging, and stopping the flow of foreign fighters.

Wormuth also provided an update on the Defense Department’s efforts against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and answered questions from the audience.

For more information on Wormuth’s remarks, please follow the links below.
Wormuth Stresses Whole-of-Government Approach to ISIL, DoD News
Video: Military Strategy Forum: The Honorable Christine E. Wormuth on Defense Policy Priorities in an Age of Rapid Change, Center for Strategic & International Studies

The Honorable Christine E. Wormuth, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, discusses the need for whole-of-government approach to countering ISIL.

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