Confirmation hearing scheduled for Allen, Dunford

While neither nomination is considered controversial, the hearing will likely be an opportunity for senators to grill both generals about the U.S. plan in Afghanistan.

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Allen is currently preparing an assessment for drawing down U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014, ahead of the planned security hand-off to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.

The Pentagon has not laid out its plans between now and the end of 2014, and there is disagreement over how quickly the United States should withdraw the 68,000 troops remaining in Afghanistan.

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinCongress: The sleeping watchdog Congress must not give companies tax reasons to move jobs overseas A lesson on abuse of power by Obama and his Senate allies MORE (D-Mich.) has advocated for a continued reduction of U.S. forces through 2013, while ranking member John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) and other hawks have said that the military should consider keeping all 68,000 there through the fighting season.