Obama's order to send 17,000 more troops comes before US has set a clear strategy.
Pentagon's generous budget is not likely to see cuts soon, even if Iraq war starts to wind down.
Defense officials say it will fill urgent gaps but Special Forces officers are skeptical.
Pakistan agreed Tuesday to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa – a charity considered a front for the militant group tied to the Mumbai attacks – if the United Nations requests it.
The terror attacks in India next door have emphasized the instability in the region.
During a visit to India Wednesday, the US secretary of State said Pakistan’s cooperation could help smooth fragile India-Pakistan relations.
A new interactive video encourages soldiers to seek help to cope with the stress of war.