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Into Africa: AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command, is a Rethinking of the Military’s Role in Africa and the World at Large

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): James J. Hentz

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Series: Hoover Digest

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

Keywords: Foreign Policy; Africa; AFRICOM

Type: Report

Coverage: Africa

Abstract:

Africa Command was created in February 2007 and began initial operations the following October; it is scheduled to assume responsibility for all military relationships, programs, and activities in Africa this fall under its first commander, U.S. Army General William E. “Kip” Ward. In order to succeed, AFRICOM will have to break free of four bad habits of the U.S. government, each of which tends to reinforce the others.