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Commander U.S. Africa Command General Thomas Waldhauser provides information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image)
7 photos: Commander delivers annual statement to the Senate House Services Committee
Photo 1 of 7: Commander U.S. Africa Command General Thomas Waldhauser provides information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
SASC hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, Washington.  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander,  appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
7 photos: Commander delivers annual statement to the Senate House Services Committee
Photo 2 of 7: SASC hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, Washington. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
AFRICOM Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser (right) and CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, appear before the SASC, Mar. 9, 2017, Washington.  Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
7 photos: SASC hearing
Photo 3 of 7: AFRICOM Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser (right) and CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, appear before the SASC, Mar. 9, 2017, Washington. Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
SASC Chairman, Sen. John McCain at hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, in Washington.  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
7 photos: Commander delivers annual statement to the Senate House Services Committee
Photo 4 of 7: SASC Chairman, Sen. John McCain at hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, in Washington. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
Commander U.S. Africa Command General Thomas Waldhauser provides information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017 in Washington DC. 
Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
7 photos: Commander delivers annual statement to the Senate House Services Committee
Photo 5 of 7: Commander U.S. Africa Command General Thomas Waldhauser provides information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017 in Washington DC. Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. CENTCOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Votel submitted U.S. CENTCOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries in the CENTCOM area of operations.  (Courtesy image)
7 photos: Commander delivers annual statement to the Senate House Services Committee
Photo 6 of 7: Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. CENTCOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Votel submitted U.S. CENTCOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries in the CENTCOM area of operations. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
SASC Ranking Member, Sen. Jack Reed at hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, in Washington.  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
7 photos: Commander delivers annual statement to the Senate House Services Committee
Photo 7 of 7: SASC Ranking Member, Sen. Jack Reed at hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, in Washington. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image) Download full-resolution version
Commander U.S. Africa Command General Thomas Waldhauser provides information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. (Courtesy image)
SASC hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, Washington.  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander,  appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
AFRICOM Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser (right) and CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, appear before the SASC, Mar. 9, 2017, Washington.  Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
SASC Chairman, Sen. John McCain at hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, in Washington.  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
Commander U.S. Africa Command General Thomas Waldhauser provides information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017 in Washington DC. 
Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)
Gen. Joseph Votel, U.S. CENTCOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Votel submitted U.S. CENTCOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries in the CENTCOM area of operations.  (Courtesy image)
SASC Ranking Member, Sen. Jack Reed at hearing on AFRICOM and CENTCOM, Mar. 9, 2017, in Washington.  Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, AFRICOM commander, appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent.  (Courtesy image)

WASHINGTON – Commander of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser provided information to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (SASC) during a hearing held on March 9, 2017.

Waldhauser appeared before the committee for an annual session that allows members the opportunity receive updates from commanders and ask questions that inform decisions. During the hearing, Waldhauser submitted U.S. AFRICOM’s official annual posture statement and answered questions related to the command’s area of responsibility on topics ranging from counter-terrorism initiatives to the influence of other countries upon the African continent. 

Sen. John McCain (AZ), SASC chairman, along with Ranking Member Sen. Jack Reed (RI) and other SASC members listened as both Waldhauser and U.S. Central Command Commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, delivered remarks.

Waldhauser described Africa’s security environment as dynamic and complex, requiring innovative solutions. 

He noted that huge strides made by the Multinational Joint Task Force, comprised of forces from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria - the five partner countries in the Lake Chad region were making a contribution to a more stable environment.

In response to a question about the current environment in Libya, Waldhauser responded, saying, “ISIL no longer controls Sirte, but we know that ISIL fighters are in small numbers and are re-grouping.”

“Stability in Libya is a long-term proposition,” said Waldhauser, “We must support their effort to re-establish a legitimate, unified government.”

With the flow of refugees from Libya into Tunisia, Waldhauser was asked his assessment on how that country was dealing with the situation.  “They [Tunisia] are transforming their military and heading in the right direction,” said Waldhauser, “they are a ‘bright spot’ in Africa.”

He offered that they were no short-term military fixes for the many challenges on the continent. “To address threats,” said Waldhauser, “our military strategy articulates a long-term, regionally-focused approach for a safe and stable Africa.”

View Gen. Waldhauser's prepared opening comments to the SASC, and the 2017 Annual Posture Statement here.

Watch the SASC hearing on DVIDS.

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