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U.S. Africa Command: Challenges and Opportunities

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Brett D. Schaefer; Mackenzie M. Eaglen

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Military and defense (Military planning, strategy, and operations)

Keywords: National security; counter terrorism; U.S. Africa Command; terrorism in Africa

Type: Report

Coverage: Africa

Abstract:

The decision to create the U.S. Africa Command reflects the increasing strategic importance of Africa to the U.S. and recognizes that a single independent command can better address Africa's unique security concerns. To succeed, AFRICOM must receive sufficient funding, must be adequately staffed by military and interagency personnel, and must enhance its relationships with African governments and militaries.