A Word From David Kilcullen Is Worth $100 Million « The Washington Independent
Not many people were focused on increasing Pakistani police capacity, but here’s counterinsurgency expert Dave Kilcullen, testifying to the House Armed Services Committee on April 23:
The police are a critically important element in any counterinsurgency, and I am not aware of any successful campaign in which police reform, police capability building, police intelligence and the use of police to protect the population and uphold law and order, were not key components. Pakistan needs a much larger, much better equipped, better trained, better supported and better paid police force.
And here’s Section 205, subsection (f), sub-subsection 2 of the Pakistan funding bill that Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) introduced yesterday:
(2) FUNDING FOR POLICER EFORM, EQUIPPING, AND TRAINING.—Up to $100,000,000 of the funds appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) should be used for police reform, equipping, and training.
Obviously there are more factors at play here than just Kilcullen, but Kerry is said to take the man very seriously.