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AFRICOM at 5 years : the maturation of a new U.S. combatant command, David E. Brown

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AFRICOM at 5 years : the maturation of a new U.S. combatant command
Title
AFRICOM at 5 years
Title remainder
the maturation of a new U.S. combatant command
Statement of responsibility
David E. Brown
Title variation
  • Africa Command at five years
  • Maturation of a new US combatant command
  • Maturation of a new United States combatant command
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), newest of the six U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands (CCMDs), was created in 2007 amid great controversy in both Africa and the United States over its location and mission. Over the last 5 years, AFRICOM has matured greatly, overcoming much of the initial resistance from African stakeholders through careful public messaging, and by addressing most of the U.S. interagency concerns about the Command's size and proper role within the U.S. national security/foreign policy community. This Letort Paper describes the geostrategic, operational, and intellectual changes that explain why AFRICOM was created, and debunks three myths about AFRICOM: that it was created to "exploit" Africa's oil and gas riches, "blocks" China's rise in Africa, and that France "opposes" AFRICOM. The author concludes by raising five issues that are important to AFRICOM's future: 1) allocated forces to carry out short-term training engagements in Africa; 2) preference to emerging democracies in the selection of the Command's partner-nations; 3) the desirability of regional approaches in Africa, including helping the African Union and its Regional Economic Communities to establish standby brigades; 4) the location of the Command's headquarters, which should remain in Stuttgart, Germany, for operational efficiency; and, 5) the need to carry out a top-down "right-sizing" exercise at AFRICOM during a time of severe budget constraints and a real risk for the United States of "strategic insolvency."
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AWC
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Brown, David E.
Government publication
federal national government publication
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Army War College (U.S.)
  • Army War College (U.S.)
Series statement
The Letort papers
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Unified operations (Military science)
  • Interagency coordination
Label
AFRICOM at 5 years : the maturation of a new U.S. combatant command, David E. Brown
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo49684
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"August 2013."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-111)
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. AFRICOM : historical context of its creation and current posture. U.S. perceptions of Africa's geostrategic importance before AFRICOM's creation -- Factors leading to and shaping AFRICOM's creation in 2007 -- Intellectual changes in thinking about geopolitics shaped AFRICOM -- AFRICOM's posture today : headquarters and components -- Part II. AFRICOM and the new jointness of interagency cooperation. Interagency team within AFRICOM -- Should other combatant commands upgrade the role of the senior interagency representative? -- Part III. Internal perceptions of AFRICOM : role in foreign policy, development work, interagency coordination, and strategic planning -- Part IV. External perceptions of AFRICOM : Africa, energy, China, and France. African attitudes toward AFRICOM : past, present, and future -- Is AFRICOM about U.S. access to Africa's energy resources? -- Is AFRICOM trying to block China's rise in Africa? -- Does France support or oppose AFRICOM? -- Part V. The future of AFRICOM. AFRICOM'S allocated forces do not equal militarization of U.S. foreign policy -- Alliances with autocratic African leaders may be a costly error later -- AFRICOM strengthening regional approaches -- Where should AFRICOM be headquartered? -- Why the threat of U.S. strategic insolvency means AFRICOM must right-size; and why intelligence expenditures and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets merit cost-benefit scrutiny
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 111 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • 4442029-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4442029
  • (Sirsi) o855778604
  • (GPO)16060667
Label
AFRICOM at 5 years : the maturation of a new U.S. combatant command, David E. Brown
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo49684
Publication
Note
"August 2013."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-111)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. AFRICOM : historical context of its creation and current posture. U.S. perceptions of Africa's geostrategic importance before AFRICOM's creation -- Factors leading to and shaping AFRICOM's creation in 2007 -- Intellectual changes in thinking about geopolitics shaped AFRICOM -- AFRICOM's posture today : headquarters and components -- Part II. AFRICOM and the new jointness of interagency cooperation. Interagency team within AFRICOM -- Should other combatant commands upgrade the role of the senior interagency representative? -- Part III. Internal perceptions of AFRICOM : role in foreign policy, development work, interagency coordination, and strategic planning -- Part IV. External perceptions of AFRICOM : Africa, energy, China, and France. African attitudes toward AFRICOM : past, present, and future -- Is AFRICOM about U.S. access to Africa's energy resources? -- Is AFRICOM trying to block China's rise in Africa? -- Does France support or oppose AFRICOM? -- Part V. The future of AFRICOM. AFRICOM'S allocated forces do not equal militarization of U.S. foreign policy -- Alliances with autocratic African leaders may be a costly error later -- AFRICOM strengthening regional approaches -- Where should AFRICOM be headquartered? -- Why the threat of U.S. strategic insolvency means AFRICOM must right-size; and why intelligence expenditures and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets merit cost-benefit scrutiny
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 111 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • 4442029-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4442029
  • (Sirsi) o855778604
  • (GPO)16060667

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