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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Island Nation Tackles Cyber Security

For nearly two decades, the island country of Mauritius has aspired to be a technical and financial force on the world stage. The country’s ambition to become an “information society” dates to 2001, when it established the Business Parks…

Beyond the Call of Duty

CAPT. NOLUKHANYO NDLELENI, LESOTHO DEFENCE FORCE Women are a crucial part of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF). They make up about 16% of uniformed personnel, and they populate the ranks from junior levels to brigadier. But the women do…

Maritime Momentum

Things did not go as planned. On May 15, 2020, 10 pirates boarded the Chinese-flagged Hailufeng 11, subdued the 18 crew members and turned off its automatic identification system (AIS). The AIS transponder broadcasts the boat’s location,…

The Franchising of Crime

ADF STAFF A Malawian court sentenced nine members of the Lin-Zhang wildlife trafficking gang to a total of more than 56 years in prison for dealing in endangered species in Africa. The gang, named for its husband-and-wife leaders, was…

Chinese Demand Fuels Illegal Rosewood Trade

ADF STAFF In The Gambia, rosewood is big business.  China merchants buy it — hundreds of thousands of metric tons over recent years — even though it’s illegal to harvest. Government officials are bribed to look the other way, loggers…

A Heavy Price to Pay

ADF STAFF A visitor to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, doesn’t need to go far to see China’s impact.  Passengers arrive at the glass-walled, $100 million Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. They drive past construction crews building…