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.

Changing With the Times

BY DR. KAMAL-DEEN ALI, GHANA NAVY (RET.) and DR. HUMPHREY ASAMOAH AGYEKUM Since independence, Ghana’s Navy has been the sole seagoing state institution with responsibility for securing the nation’s waters. Today, its mission has…

Time to Act

ADF STAFf Foreign fishing fleets have targeted the African continent’s coast for decades, devastating fish stocks, depriving millions of income and food, and destroying marine ecosystems. But experts say there are several ways nations…

Protecting Inland Waterways

ADF STAFF Before South African officials could tear down a makeshift bridge across the Limpopo River, they had to deal with the crocodiles. Parts of the Limpopo have been infested with Nile crocodiles since 2013, when 15,000 of them…

Eyes In The Sky

ADF STAFF A common practice for vessels fishing illegally is to park themselves outside a country’s protected waters during the day and move in at nightfall.  Vessels with 300-ton capacity or more are required to have an automatic…

Coastal Nations Band Together

ADF STAFF The war between Russia and Ukraine should be a wakeup call for the 38 coastal countries of Africa to prioritize maritime security, according to the chief of the South African Navy. Vice Adm. Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane spoke in…

A Rivalry Fueled by Football and Rice

ADF STAFF  |  photos by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS When it comes to bragging rights, Nigeria and Ghana are rivals in many things. These days, it’s football and a festive rice dish. The latest edition of the intense rivalry came at the end…