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 LevinSilencing of Warren another example of hyperpartisan Senate GOP going nuclear over Gorsuch might destroy filibuster forever Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-Mich.) has advocated for a continued reduction of U.S. forces through 2013, while ranking member John McCainJohn McCainMcCain hopes Americans can be confident GOP-controlled Congress can investigate president McCain: 'I worry' about Trump Dem: Trump’s claim that media is the enemy is what ‘tin-pot dictators say’ MORE (R-Ariz.) and other hawks have said that the military should consider keeping all 68,000 there through the fighting season.