Sunday, March 9, 2014

U.S. Military Increases Footprint in Africa - But it is a Small Footprint

While the United States military continues its withdrawal from Afghanistan it is increasing its presence in many parts of Africa. The role of the U.S. military in Africa is that of training and advising host nation military forces. The Marines, Army and Special Forces are sending small teams to various locations to conduct small-scale operations.The command that has responsibility for Africa is Africa Command or AFRICOM located in Stuttgart, Germany. It is headed by a four-star general (currently General David M. Rodriguez). AFRICOM is one of six unified geographic combatant commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure. The mission of AFRICOM is to deter and defeat transnational threats, prevent future conflicts, support humanitarian and disaster relief, and protect U.S. security interests on the African continent. Read a recent news story on military deployments to Africa in "U.S. military presence in Africa growing in small ways", Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2014.

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