DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: NATO Commander Discusses the Way Ahead in Afghanistan

Supreme Allied Commander, Europe Commander, United States European Command

Supreme Allied Commander, Europe Commander, United States European Command

U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of NATO forces offered insight on efforts to improve strategic communication with Afghan civilians and the work underway to improve civilian-military cooperation during a “DoDLive” Bloggers Roundtable Jan. 13.

“We’re focusing on supporting the fights in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Stavridis said.

He said four things have to be done right in Afghanistan. They include: putting the Afghan people at the center of efforts; being a part of an effective strategic communication plan; getting balance and integration between civilians and military; and training the Afghan security forces.

“I think those four things are the chief challenges,” he said. He added that, “I am confident we will overcome [them] and that we will see momentum and success in the days ahead.”

Joining us on the call were Andrew Lubin, http://themilitaryobserver.com; Lalit K Jha, Pajhwok Afghan News; Grim, www.blackfive.net; Chris Albon, http://warandhealth.com; Maggie, www.bostonmaggie.blogspot.com; Spencer Ackerman, http://washingtonindependent.com; John Kruzel, AFPS; Raymond Pritchett, www.informationdissemination.net; Matt Armstrong, http://mountainrunner.us; and Greg Grant, http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/

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