Viewpoint

Viewpoint

U.S. Africa Command Staff A weak point anywhere can create problems everywhere. This is the lesson of Libya. Since 2011, the North African nation has…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff Diminished but dangerous. That’s the current state of the extremist group al-Shabaab. Whereas it once controlled more than half of Somalia’s…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff An ancient African proverb says, “When spider webs unite, they can halt a lion.” This bit of wisdom shows what we…

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Viewpoint

It’s natural for security professionals to think of their duties in a traditional sense. They’re trained to defend borders, protect the nation, and repel internal…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff There’s no escaping the importance of logistics. Without the ability to effectively move and sustain troops, commanders’ plans aren’t worth the…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff Some problems don’t have simple solutions. The confounding decision by a young man or woman to leave home and join a…

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Professionalism

Professionalism

The most successful militaries around the world hold a few things in common. They have high standards, they constantly look for ways to improve, and…

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VIEWPOINT

As Africa enjoys unprecedented economic growth, coastal countries hope to reap the rewards of what is being called the “blue economy.” Gulf of Guinea countries…

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VIEWPOINT

Interstate conflicts have become relatively rare. Militaries today are not often asked to defend national borders from an invading army. The threats of the 21st…

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VIEWPOINT

For decades, Africa has been host to many of the world’s peacekeeping missions. This has been challenging, but one benefit is that African nations now…

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