The United States will send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to “seize the initiative” from violent extremists and responsibly transfer the country’s security to Afghan forces beginning in July 2011, President Obama said in a December 1 speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (video). He also said the United States will reinforce Afghan civil and economic development, and support Pakistan’s efforts to achieve security and enhance development. The overarching goal in both countries remains unchanged, Obama said. In cooperation with its friends and allies, the United States seeks to “disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to prevent its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future.”