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.

‘A Long-Term Struggle’

An Interview With Brig. Gen. Oumarou Namata, Commander of the G5 Sahel Joint Force ADF STAFF Brig. Gen. Oumarou Namata of Niger was named commander of the G5 Sahel Joint Force in July 2019. He is the third commander of the force, which…

Africans Call For COVID-19 Reparations

ADF STAFF Where’s our bailout? That’s what some African leaders are saying as the deadly COVID-19, thought to have originated in a “wet market” in the Chinese city of Wuhan, sweeps across the continent, killing people and strangling…

Senegal Developing Inexpensive Coronavirus Test

ADF STAFF Senegal continues to take dramatic steps in fighting the coronavirus, with researchers beginning validation trials on a COVID-19 diagnostic test that can be done at home. The test, expected to be a blood prick, can produce…

What We Know and Don’t Know About COVID-19

ADF STAFF Since the first COVID-19 cases emerged in China late last year, scientists and doctors around the globe have raced to understand the disease, how it spreads and what can be done to prevent it from being transmitted. After…

Move to Ban Wet Markets Gains Momentum

ADF STAFF As COVID-19 continues its deadly spread around the world, there is a growing call to ban “wet markets,” such as the one in Wuhan, China, where the global pandemic is thought to have originated. The notion of banning wet…

U.S. to Send Ventilators to Nigeria

ADF STAFF The United States has pledged to send ventilators to Nigeria as Africa’s most populous nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. President Donald Trump promised Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during an April…

Africa May Need 15 Million COVID-19 Tests

ADF STAFF As COVID-19 spreads across Africa and its 1.3 billion people, health officials say 15 million testing kits are needed to help contain the pandemic. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pledged to…

Terror in an ‘Upright’ Land

Sahel-Based Extremist Groups Shatter the Calm of Burkina Faso  ADF STAFF Burkina Faso’s Splendid Hotel promotes itself to international visitors by listing the amenities many have come to expect. Room service. A front desk staffed 24…

A Scene of Calm in a Land of Strife

ADF STAFF Sometimes, scenes of serenity and calm can be found close to anxiety and unrest. This young Congolese boy would seem to have found just such a spot. He rested along a road connecting the small town of Rudaya, Democratic…

Determination in the Desert

After Five Years, France’s Operation Barkhane Sees Progress Toward Peace in the Sahel ADF STAFF  |  Photos By Reuters Operation Serval marked a high point for France’s military in the modern era. The 18-month mission began in January…