mission creep


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mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. Congress is wary of granting the president's request for military authority in the region, fearing a repeat of the mission creep that plagued his last war effort.
See also: creep, mission
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The mission creep in Syria raises questions about violations of international, as well as the trajectory of the United States' failed regime-change war on the pretext of fighting ISIL and humanitarian concerns that has included dozens of countries and terror proxy groups with no end in sight.
Spokesman James Lewis said that from the start Lee "has been gravely concerned with mission creep and risks to American servicemen and women.
We have been here too many times to think otherwise and the talk of mission creep, boots on the ground and all the rest only stirs up recent memories of our terrible mis–steps and mistakes in the Gulf.
Cameron faced persistent and tough questioning from lawmakers about the campaign's objectives, the risk of mission creep and the readiness of Iraqi forces to take advantage of airstrikes.
The study, by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, also cited concerns in the higher education community about mission creep at two-year schools and the potential for creating unproductive competition between universities and colleges.
The most prevalent example of this mission creep for the DSP was creation of the attack and launch early reporting to theater (ALERT) during Operation Desert Storm.
This egregious loan for a major telecommunications industry buyout between large multinational corporations located in two of the world's largest cities is the latest example of unjustifiable mission creep and hardly represents a rural loan.
Mission creep or 'fission creep' are both insidious weapons of US foreign policy.
Today facing relentless population land use, climate change, energy security, water supply and biodiversity issues, the Forest Society and its colleague groups have no room for mission creep.
We have opposed them 'background checks] from the beginning because there will be mission creep.
Here is yet another problem, endemic to all government-funded programs: mission creep.
Ministers last week insisted the Government was acutely aware of the risk of mission creep as it provides assistance to French forces involved in attempts to drive Islamist militants from the region, but insisted there were no plans to put British boots on the ground.
MISSION CREEP IN YEMEN (Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, published May 20)
IS A PROPOSED AUDIT STANDARD on related-party transactions from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) mission creep, or just a pointed reminder to auditors to pay attention to the potentially corrupting role of executive compensation arrangements?
In May 2011, Coal Age reported how mission creep at OSM was usurping the authority of state agencies to regulate coal mining and further delaying permits.
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