Senior State, Defense, USAID Officials to Testify

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that on Wednesday, December 11, he will convene a hearing to examine the future of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.  At the hearing, entitled “Afghanistan 2014: Year of Transition,” senior officials from the State Department, Department of Defense and USAID will testify.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “2014 will be a year of major change for United States operations in Afghanistan as the Administration looks to shift from combat operations to an advise and assist role.  A successful transition in Afghanistan is critical to combating terrorism.  At this hearing, the Committee will hear from the senior leadership of the State Department, Department of Defense and USAID to discuss the pending Bilateral Security Agreement, upcoming presidential elections, and oversight of U.S. assistance programs, among other critical issues.”     


Hearing: Afghanistan 2014: Year of Transition


10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11


2172 Rayburn House Office Building


The Honorable James F. Dobbins
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Donald L. Sampler
Assistant to the Administrator
Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs
U.S. Agency for International Development

Mr. Michael J. Dumont
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Central Asia
U.S. Department of Defense

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