Accession Number : AD1037554


Title :   UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES IN AFRICA


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States


Personal Author(s) : Crawford,Keith L


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1037554.pdf


Report Date : 16 Feb 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 35


Abstract : The creation of United States Africa Command in 2007 manifested recognition that the United States has increasing strategic national interests on the continent of Africa that are worthy of long-term commitments. This paper proposes that given those U.S. national interests, the moral and political considerations of military engagement, and the complexities of the African continent, Special Operations Forces (SOF) are uniquely suited to further those interests. Additionally, the paper examines two recent challenges on the continent, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram, and determines that there are lessons and recommendations for future engagements. These recommendations include employing SOF using a persistent engagement posture, focusing on advanced skills and professionalization training with partner military forces, using SOF to train host nation law enforcement on specific skill sets, and the importance of airborne ISR and basing access.


Descriptors :   united states africa command , terrorists , military education , training , national security , THREATS , department of defense , surveillance , military organizations , united states special operations command , unified combatant commands , counterterrorism , unconventional warfare , weapons of mass destruction , AFRICA


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE