Africa Defense Forum
ADF is a professional military magazine published quarterly by U.S. Africa Command to provide an international forum for African security professionals. ADF covers topics such as counter terrorism strategies, security and defense operations, transnational crime, and all other issues affecting peace, stability, and good governance on the African continent.

African Lion

A Leap Forward in Cooperation


A member of the Tunisian Armed Forces drifted toward the ground after a free-fall jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on May 31, 2023, at the Ben Ghilouf Training Area in Tunisia. He participated with about 8,000 others from 18 nations in African Lion 2023, U.S. Africa Command’s largest annual combined, joint exercise, from May 13 to June 18. The exercise also took place in Ghana, Morocco and Senegal. African Lion’s goal is to improve partnerships between African, U.S. and other international militaries; increase interoperability; and strengthen shared defense capabilities and cooperation to counter transnational threats and violent extremist organizations. The 2023 iteration included combined arms live-fire exercises; a maritime component; joint forcible entry of paratroopers into a field training exercise; two chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear response exercises; and three humanitarian civic assistance events.

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