Defense Management: Improved Planning, Training, and Interagency Collaboration Could Strengthen DOD's Efforts in Africa
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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When the U.S. Africa Command AFRICOM became fully operational in 2008, it inherited well over 100 activities, missions, programs, and exercises from other Department of Defense DOD organizations. AFRICOM initially conducted these inherited activities with little change. However, as AFRICOM has matured, it has begun planning and prioritizing activities with its four military service components, special operations command, and task force. Some activities represent a shift from traditional warfighting, requiring collaboration with the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and other interagency partners. GAOs prior work has identified critical steps and practices that help agencies to achieve success. For this report, GAO was asked to assess AFRICOM in five areas with respect to activity planning and implementation. To do so, GAO analyzed DOD and AFRICOM guidance observed portions of AFRICOM activities interviewed officials in Europe and Africa and obtained perspectives from interagency officials, including those at 22 U.S. embassies in Africa.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics