Federal News Service
September 18, 2008 Thursday
CAPITOL HILL HEARING
HEARING OF THE TERRORISM, UNCONVENTIONAL THREATS AND CAPABILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE; SUBJECT: LESSONS FOR COUNTERING AL QAEDA AND THE WAY AHEAD; CHAIRED BY: REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SMITH (D-WA); WITNESSES: SETH JONES, POLITICAL SCIENTIST, RAND CORPORATION; MICHAEL SCHEUER, SENIOR FELLOW, JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION; JOHN ARQUILLA, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANALYSIS, NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL; LOCATION: 2118 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C.
REP. SMITH: (Sounds gavel.) Good morning. We'll call the subcommittee meeting to order. I thank members and witnesses for being here today.
I'll start with an opening statement, then turn it over to Mr. Thornberry for any opening remarks, and then go directly to our witnesses.
Thank you all for joining us this morning. I really look forward to the testimony this morning. We have a very distinguished and thoughtful panel on the issues around counterterrorism and how the struggle against al Qaeda and violent extremists is going, the various component pieces of that, certainly within the military; how we are doing, what is going on with the various pieces that the military is responsible for.