Links to Troop Count Records Pentagon Concealed Starting in 2017, Obtained by Just Security

Records obtained via Goodman v. Department of Defense

Just Security wrote on the subject of the troop counts which had been public domain since the 1950s:

Although DoD had routinely reported such numbers for over a decade, across both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, the Trump administration abruptly reversed the practice in December 2017, and began redacting these figures from quarterly manpower reports….In late October 2017, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis publicly announced that DoD was adjusting its troop accounting practices to simplify its methodology and improve public transparency.

DoD said at the time that U.S. military success “depends on the support of the American people,” and that the accounting “changes will help us enhance the trust the public has placed in the department.” However, as the Trump administration committed thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan, and as the media noted significant discrepancies between troop numbers acknowledged by Pentagon officials and DMDC reports, DoD suddenly redacted the DMDC troop numbers. Trump publicly stated, “We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.” Since DoD’s policy change, it has only irregularly provided official troop number disclosures to the public, often at moments of political expediency.

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Records obtained via Goodman v. Department of Defense

  1. Nov. 23, 2020 letter to Professor Harold Hongju Koh from Mark Herrington, associate deputy general counsel at the Department of Defense
  2. Nov. 23, 2020 Disclosure: DoD Active Duty, Guard/Reserve and Civilians by Unit Country and Quarter (Dec. 2017 ‐ Sep. 2020)
  3. Dec. 11, 2020 letter to Professor Harold Hongju Koh from Mark Herrington, associate deputy general counsel at the Department of Defense
  4. Dec. 11, 2020 Disclosure: Explanatory documents
  5. Jan. 6, 2021 Disclosure: Unclassified Sec. 1267 Reports
  6. Jan. 11, 2021 letter to Professor Harold Hongju Koh from Mark Herrington, associate deputy general counsel at the Department of Defense
  7. Jan. 11, 2021 Disclosure: Explanatory Documents, Classified Sec. 1267 Report Annexes
  8. Jan. 11, 2021 Summary Judgment — DoD Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment
  9. Jan. 11, 2021 Summary Judgment — Herrington Declaration and Exhibits
  10. Jan. 11, 2021 Summary Judgment — Williams Declaration and Exhibits
  11. Feb. 19, 2021 Department of Defense Letter Response

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