Accession Number : AD1020055

Title :   USAFRICOM Headquarters: The Complexity of Moving the Headquarters to the Continent of Africa and its Impact on the Army's Organizational Design and Operational Approach

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Johnson,Devanie N

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : America's combatant command for the continent of Africa, US Africa Command (AFRICOM), does not have its headquarters located on the continent to administer command and control (C2) of US military forces. This Combatant Command (COCOM) is co-located in Germany with the US European Command (EUCOM) headquarters. It is a relatively new COCOM and the Department of Defense has considered moving the headquarters to the continent to help with rapid response to conflicts or emerging requirements in Africa's operational environment. This thesis explores the question, Should the US move USAFRICOM to the African continent? Secondary questions that may arise are: (1) What are the challenges faced by geographical combatant commands not physically located in their respective areas? (2) Would building a headquarters in Africa be cost effective? (3) What are the issues associated with building a headquarters in Africa? and (4) Where in Africa should USAFRICOM's headquarters be built?

Descriptors :   africa , united states africa command , Finance , Command and control , Geography , Cost effectiveness , military facilities , threats , Measures of Effectiveness , military planning , decision making , military requirements

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE