Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, held the Subcommittee’s first public hearing on Afghanistan since November 2017, and was the first since Lynch became Chairman in February. The hearing focused on the “Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) 2019 High-Risk List” which highlighted U.S. efforts in Afghanistan that are highly-vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse, including the critical capability gaps facing the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). It also sought to clarify the Trump administration’s overall strategy in Afghanistan and examine the new policy of denying public access to data pertaining to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, including ANDSF casualty numbers, attrition rates and recruitment shortfalls.

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