Shortly after the Pentagon revealed a new directive that labels stability operations as a “core US military mission,” President Bush formally appointed the Secretary of State as the lead authority on efforts to rebuild and stabilize nations after conflicts or during civil strife. The White House announcement says State will coordinate stability ops with Defense when US military operations are planned or ongoing. The DOD directive states that the US military will give stability ops “priority comparable to combat operations.” Neither action should come as a big surprise.
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced Dec. 2 that they have reached a deal to extend the continuing resolution funding the government into February. Now, the House and Senate will have to scramble to pass the legislation by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3 to avoid a temporary shutdown.