Sunday, February 11, 2007

U.S. to Create a Single Command for Military Operations in Africa

A confirmation of the creation of a single Command for US Military Operations in Africa. The announcement by President Bush and Defense Secretary Gates underlined the importance of security cooperation and 'capacity building' of US partners.

In linked comments, the incoming head of CENTCOM framed the new command and the Africa focus somewhat differently:
"The man who is about to become the head of the Central Command, Adm. William J. Fallon, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 30 that he favored establishment of an Africa Command, in light of the humanitarian crises and instability across much of the continent and its strategic importance." The humanitarian operations aspect has been one that CENTCOM has been quick to emphasis in its operations in the Horn of Africa.

More on the Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa can be found here.
The Guardian also writes about Africom -