National Security: Interagency Collaboration Practices and Challenges at DOD's Southern and Africa Commands
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Recognizing the limits of military power in todays security environment, the Department of Defense DOD is collaborating with other U.S. federal agencies to achieve its missions around the world. DODs combatant commands, such as U.S. Southern Command SOUTHCOM and U.S. Africa Command AFRICOM, play key roles in this effort. Both aim to build partner nation capacity and perform humanitarian assistance, while standing ready to perform a variety of military operations. Among its missions, SOUTHCOM supports U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the Americas and Caribbean in disrupting illicit trafficking and narco-terrorism. As DODs newest command, AFRICOM works with U.S. diplomacy and development agencies on activities such as maritime security and pandemic response efforts. Today GAO issued reports that the subcommittee requested on SOUTHCOM GAO-10-801 and AFRICOM GAO-10-794, which in part evaluated how each collaborates with U.S. interagency partners. This testimony summarizes that work and provides observations from ongoing work on U.S. counterpiracy efforts by focusing on 3 key areas essential for interagency collaboration.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics