Officials hope that the slow pace of training will pick up, but recruits face a host of challenges.
The contract with McKinsey & Co. is designed to help with an ambitious restructuring.
The attacks, all on different continents, were inspired or directed by the Islamist militants.
EXCLUSIVE | The group’s second-in-command was killed in a controversial “signature strike,” in which the CIA may target suspected militants that have not been identified, U.S. officials said.
The U.S. has showed its lethal ability to target terrorism suspects with recent strikes, but the strategy’s limitations are on display as militants’ ideology continues to spread.
Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who pushed the al-Qaeda faction AQAP to engineer repeated terror plots against the United States, was targeted in a drone strike.
Key lawmakers have moved to slash the budget for an operation to train and arm rebels by as much as 20 percent, a move that U.S. officials said reflects skepticism about the program and the White House’s strategy in the Middle East.
The fate of other Americans being held in the war-torn country is unknown.
Efforts to secure their release have so far failed, though officials say the U.S. citizens are not hostages.
A trailer depicting OSS legend Bill Donovan in a less than flattering light didn’t sit well with undercover vets at a gala dinner honoring the Office of Strategic Services.