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DPPC Supports FY2021 NDAA Security Assistance and Commitment for Afghanistan in Letter...

DPPC Supports FY2021 NDAA Security Assistance and Commitment for Afghanistan in Letter to SASC and HASC Leadership


The Honorable James Inhofe

Chairman

U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

228 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510


The Honorable Jack Reed

Ranking Member

U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

228 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510


The Honorable Adam Smith

Chairman

U.S. House Committee on Armed Services

2216 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


The Honorable Mac Thornberry

Ranking Member

U.S. House Committee on Armed Services

2216 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


Dear Chairman Inhofe, Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Reed, and Ranking Member Thornberry;


On behalf of the Afghanistan-U.S. Democratic Peace and Prosperity Council (The DPPC), I write to you in support of our legislative priorities for the 116th Congress.


The priorities listed below directly correspond with a shared goal of democracy, post-conflict resolution and reintegration, good governance, and human rights. They will enhance security in both the United States and Afghanistan and ensure transparency and accountability of United States tax dollars.


The DPPC supports the efforts by both the House and Senate to ensure a withdrawal of US troops is conditions based. We believe this is critical to provide stability and to prevent violent extremism from spreading within Afghanistan and outside its borders. The DPPC strongly supports the language which was included in the House version via the Crow/Cheney Amendment. We believe this “report first” approach ensures decisions which have serious impacts on national security must be made with accurate and transparent information.


The DPPC also supports the additional reporting requirements focused on the reestablishment of The Commission on Wartime Contracting and those focused on measures of performance of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. We believe these measures are critical to highlight the real challenges faced in combating violent extremism and to ensure resources are applied appropriately and with transparency.


The joint effort between Afghanistan and the United States has produced a functioning, albeit fragile, democracy. Afghanistan has elected leaders who value democracy and freedom and the benefits that they bring to human life. The DPPC greatly appreciates your leadership and commitment to ensuring this effort continues to offer security and prosperity for both countries.


Sincerely,


Martin Rahmani

Executive Director

The Afghanistan-U.S. Democratic Peace and Prosperity Council