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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Port Access With a Catch

ADF STAFF When Sierra Leonean fishermen board their small wooden boats and head out into the open sea to make a living, sometimes they can see their enemy. Along the ocean horizon float larger fishing vessels and trawlers — virtually…

Educating Tomorrow’s Warriors

MAJ. GEN. (RET.) MUHAMMAD INUWA IDRIS ilitary officers have all benefited from professional military education (PME) throughout their careers. PME is structured to include a mix of training, skills acquisition and traditional classroom…

Solving an Airlift Shortage

When it comes to building military capacity in Africa, adding aircraft tends to take a back seat because of the expense involved to acquire combat craft, trainers and cargo planes. Military applications aside, airlift capacity remains a…

Children of the Gun

ADF STAFF M.K. was an unruly child, by his own admission.  The Idgwi island boy was not a good student. He didn’t listen to his parents or teachers. At age 13, he traveled to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North…

The Building Blocks of Unity

Lt. Gen. Molla Hailemariam is ground force commander of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF). His military career began in 1981 when he joined the struggle against the country’s ruling Derg regime. After Ethiopia’s return to civilian…