Accession Number : ADA416073
Title : The Feasibility of Djibouti as an Intermediate Staging Base for U.S. Land Force Operations in the Middle East
Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
Personal Author(s) : Talley, Michael J
Report Date : Jan 2003
Pagination or Media Count : 63
Abstract : As the United States sustains the Global War on Terrorism and the prospect of invading Iraq looms imminent, there remains a pressing need for viable intermediate staging bases in the Middle East to conduct decisive military operations. Recent policy changes and attitudes by the region's predominantly Muslim inhabitants have limited the US's choices for staging operations within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Djibouti's geography, infrastructure, and capacity to accommodate a sizable military formation make it an ideal operations and logistics hub. The country's pro-Western stance and support for United Nations peace support initiatives and humanitarian civic actions illustrate the potential for a cooperative arrangement involving U.S. forces. Djibouti may offer the regional combatant commander a significant advantage through greater operational reach and increased flexibility in operational design. Destroying Hamm's strongholds in Sudan, neutralizing oppressive warlords in Somalia, or preparing to conduct offensive operations against rogue nations are all likely scenarios for U.S. land forces, and Djibouti may be the optimal launch pad. The study provides an overview of Djibouti and the Horn of Africa region by examining its historical background, socio-economic structure, political system, religious and cultural idiosyncrasies and the impact on military operations. It also defines optimal ISB standards and discusses the country's ability support military operations. Finally, the study analyzes current regional disparities that affect U.S. and global interests and the likelihood for U.S. military intervention.
Descriptors : *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *MIDDLE EAST , WARFARE , GLOBAL , LAND WARFARE , UNITED STATES , POLICIES , POLITICAL SCIENCE , IMPACT , ECONOMICS , MILITARY DOCTRINE , REGIONS , HISTORY , SOMALIA , STAGING , GEOGRAPHY , TERRORISM , EAST AFRICA , SUDAN
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE