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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U.S. Africa Command Staff Modern conflicts rarely end with the signing of a treaty or a formal surrender. Some insurgent groups fight until the last gasp, while others hide among civilians. Ethnic tensions can simmer for generations…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff The people of the Sahel are resilient. They have to be. The 5,000-kilometer-long band below the Sahara is marked by extreme beauty and a harsh climate. Farmers defy the odds to grow crops in semiarid conditions.…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff Africa is more connected to the outside world than ever before. Roads, ports, airports and the internet are making it possible for merchants to sell their goods to buyers across the globe. This globalization has…

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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 There was a time when a military commander could comfortably say, “I’m not a computer person” or “I don’t really use the internet.” That attitude is no longer an option. Being a security professional today…

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U.S. Africa Command Staff Photo by Reuters No country is immune to violent extremism, and no country has solved the riddle of what causes it. Historically, Africa was not a hotbed for violent religious extremism. That changed in…