I certainly hope the CIA will take a comprehensive UW approach to the problem. I hope they will focus on the underground and auxiliary and not just on training and equipping fighters. It is only through a comprehensive UW approach can we gain and sustain access and influence, the important task being the ability to have sustained influence over the leadership whom we are supporting. But of course I would not expect the press to understand this and ask the right questions.
And of course the question should be asked why are their separate CIA and DOD efforts? (if what is implied in the article is accurate).
The proposed CIA buildup would expand a clandestine mission that has grown substantially over the past year, U.S. officials said. The agency now vets and trains about 400 fighters each month — as many as are expected to be trained by the Pentagon when its program reaches full strength late next year.
Why is there not a single integrated strategy? Why are their separate "programs?"