Into Africa: AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command, is a Rethinking of the Military’s Role in Africa and the World at Large
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): James J. Hentz
Series: Hoover Digest
Keywords: Foreign Policy; Africa; AFRICOM
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.