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.
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History shows that wars are not always won with just bombs and bullets. To defeat an enemy and preserve the peace, Soldiers must win the hearts and minds of civilians. This is particularly important in peacekeeping operations where foreign…

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U.S. AFRICA COMMAND STAFF The future of warfare and peacekeeping is all about finding smarter, more precise and more effective ways to use military might. Technology will play a major role in this. Tech tools that are new today will…

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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 territory and a population of about 5 million people, today its…

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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 all know intuitively: We’re stronger when we work together. This is as true on the local level…

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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 paper they’re printed on. In short, logistics can be the difference…

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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 terror group such as ISIS, al-Shabaab or Boko Haram is one of those problems. An estimated…

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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 they place ethics at the center of all missions. In a word, they are professional.…

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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 are benefiting from increased port traffic, tourism and underwater oil drilling.…