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Dunford: No Room for Complacency in Fighting Violent Extremism

Oct. 16, 2018 | BY Jim Garamone
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It takes a network to defeat a network, and the Counter Violent Extremist Organization conference today at Joint Base Andrews, Md., is a network in action.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford hosted 82 chiefs of defense from all corners of the world to share information, intelligence and best practices to counter the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida and similar organizations.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford stands in front of a group of multinational defense leaders standing on blue risers in a room.
Chiefs' Meeting
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford leads his fellow chiefs of defense to a meeting on countering violent extremist organizations at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 16, 2018. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined with the chiefs from 82 nations.
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“We are here today to have a candid exchange of views, and find ways to enhance our effectiveness in dealing with violent extremism,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

With real progress being made in the fight against these violent extremists, now is not the time to let up, he said.

Five things to know about the chiefs of defense conference:

1
The Host
This is the third year that Dunford has hosted the conference.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford talks with two foreign military officials in a high-ceilinged room with pillars.
Reception Chat
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with foreign military officials during a reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2018, for the Counter Violent Extremist Organizations conference. Dunford hosted the conference.
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2
By the Numbers
The conference has grown every year, from 43 chiefs in 2016 to 82 this year.
3
The Topics
Participants discussed the threats posed by violent extremist organizations worldwide as well as the important role played by partnerships, alliances and military-to-military contacts in countering these threats.
4
The Participants
All U.S. combatant commanders attended the conference.
5
The Keynote
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was the keynote speaker for the conference dinner at the Library of Congress.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford talks with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley
Dunford and Haley
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley during a reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2018, for the Counter Violent Extremist Organizations conference. Haley delivered keynote remarks at the reception.
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Check out this story to learn more about the conference.