A Security Assistance Example, the U.S. Air Force and the African Coastal Security Program
ARMY-AIR FORCE CENTER FOR LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT LANGLEY AFB VA
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Such world powers as the United States, Soviet Union, and France, provided some military assistance to the armed forces in the Western Sub-Saharan Africa region. Meanwhile several nations aware of their security needs, are seeking more US assistance. In 1985, as a response to their initial needs, the US introduced the African Coastal Security ACS program. The ACS program has the potential to markedly enhance relations between the US and these countries by enabling military organizations in the region to assist in the protection of an extremely valuable marine resource -- fish. In the near term, the ACS can achieve enhanced effectiveness with an aerial maritime surveillance capability, while in the future the program could offer regional mobility with the addition of an appropriate airlift platform. Development of non-lethal airpower in the region will not only show US commitment to the economic development in this region but also demonstrate US resolve toward security assistance development elsewhere in Africa where nations choose to share US interests and democratic values.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Environmental Health and Safety