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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

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Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Americas 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 Africas 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 USAFRICOMs headquarters be built

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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