AFRICOM at 5 years [electronic resource] : the maturation of a new U.S. combatant command / David E. Brown.

Brown, David E. (David Edward), author.
Other Title:
Africa Command at five years
Maturation of a new US combatant command
Maturation of a new United States combatant command
JSTOR Security Studies.
Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2013.
Letort papers.
The Letort papers
Government document
1 online resource
United States. Africa Command -- Organization.
United States. Africa Command -- Planning.
United States. Africa Command -- Public opinion.
United States. Africa Command
Unified operations (Military science)
Interagency coordination -- United States.
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The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), newest of the six U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands (CCMDs), was created in 2007 amid great controversy in both Africa and the United States over its location and mission. Over the last 5 years, AFRICOM has matured greatly, overcoming much of the initial resistance from African stakeholders through careful public messaging, and by addressing most of the U.S. interagency concerns about the Command's size and proper role within the U.S. national security/foreign policy community. This Letort Paper describes the geostrategic, operational, and intellectual changes that explain why AFRICOM was created, and debunks three myths about AFRICOM: that it was created to "exploit" Africa's oil and gas riches, "blocks" China's rise in Africa, and that France "opposes" AFRICOM. The author concludes by raising five issues that are important to AFRICOM's future: 1) allocated forces to carry out short-term training engagements in Africa; 2) preference to emerging democracies in the selection of the Command's partner-nations; 3) the desirability of regional approaches in Africa, including helping the African Union and its Regional Economic Communities to establish standby brigades; 4) the location of the Command's headquarters, which should remain in Stuttgart, Germany, for operational efficiency; and, 5) the need to carry out a top-down "right-sizing" exercise at AFRICOM during a time of severe budget constraints and a real risk for the United States of "strategic insolvency."
Part I. AFRICOM : historical context of its creation and current posture. U.S. perceptions of Africa's geostrategic importance before AFRICOM's creation
Factors leading to and shaping AFRICOM's creation in 2007
Intellectual changes in thinking about geopolitics shaped AFRICOM
AFRICOM's posture today : headquarters and components
Part II. AFRICOM and the new jointness of interagency cooperation. Interagency team within AFRICOM
Should other combatant commands upgrade the role of the senior interagency representative?
Part III. Internal perceptions of AFRICOM : role in foreign policy, development work, interagency coordination, and strategic planning
Part IV. External perceptions of AFRICOM : Africa, energy, China, and France. African attitudes toward AFRICOM : past, present, and future
Is AFRICOM about U.S. access to Africa's energy resources?
Is AFRICOM trying to block China's rise in Africa?
Does France support or oppose AFRICOM?
Part V. The future of AFRICOM. AFRICOM'S allocated forces do not equal militarization of U.S. foreign policy
Alliances with autocratic African leaders may be a costly error later
AFRICOM strengthening regional approaches
Where should AFRICOM be headquartered?
Why the threat of U.S. strategic insolvency means AFRICOM must right-size; and why intelligence expenditures and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets merit cost-benefit scrutiny.
"August 2013."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-111).
PDF version; title from title screen (viewed on August 14, 2013).
Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute. issuing body.
Army War College (U.S.). Press, publisher.
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Print version: Brown, David E. (David Edward). AFRICOM at 5 years
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