Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Pan-Saharan Africa
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In October of 2007 the US officially launched US Africa Command AFRICOM in order to avoid strategic gaps that were inherent when Africa was divided among US European Command EUCOM, Central Command CENTCOM, and Pacific Command PACOM. AFRICOM is starting to address the emerging terrorist threat in Africa, however, with the focus of US military efforts still in Iraq and Afghanistan, the resources and manpower are inadequate to begin any real effective counter-terrorism effort. The US military must increase Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force SC-MAGTF deployments, increase building infrastructure in unstable areas, and develop working relationships with local leaders in the Trans-Saharan region of Africa to avoid a protracted conflict with Africa in the future.
- Unconventional Warfare