Publication Date: March 2008
Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Brett D. Schaefer; Mackenzie M. Eaglen
Research Area: Military and defense
Keywords: National security; counter terrorism; U.S. Africa Command; terrorism in Africa
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.