General Milley and "AABs" and "SFABs". The Army Chief of Staff recently indicated that the the future Army force structure should have light brigades whose primary mission is to conduct Security Force Assistance (SFA). These brigades would be similar to the "Advise and Assist Brigades" deployed to Iraq and the "Security Force Assistance Brigades" deployed to Afghanistan. Two recent news articles provide more info 1) "Top Army general outlines plans for new brigades, new technologies", Army Times, January 21, 2016. 2) "Learning From Our Mistakes in Selection and Training of Military Advisors", SOFREP, January 14, 2016.
Stable Afghanistan Needed. A top advisor to the Afghan President was recently interviewed by Ashish Kumar Sen of the Atlantic Council. He states that Afghanistan plays a pivotal role in the economic prosperity of the greater region and the neighboring nations would benefit from a stable Afghanistan. Read "Security and Economic Development are Two Sides of the Same Coin", The Atlanticist, January 12, 2016.