Research and Background
The documents below highlight issues related to security in Africa, as well as background papers relating to U.S. Africa Command.
Some of the below documents may be outdated or contain outdated information. They are posted for research purposes and to promote public understanding.
Posting of these documents does not imply official endorsement by U.S. Africa Command or the Department of Defense.
Sub-Saharan Africa and the Unified Command Plan JFQ (2001) By John E. Campbell, Autumn 2001 This Joint Forces Quarterly essay recommended against creating an AFRICOM-like structure, instead advocating a sub-regional headquarters under EUCOM
A CINC for Sub-Saharan Africa? Rethinking the Unified Command Plan Parameters (2000) By Richard G. Catoire, November 2000 This U.S. Army War College essay advocated creating an AFRICOM-like organization
UNCHARTED PATHS, UNCERTAIN VISION: U.S. MILITARY INVOLVEMENTS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IN THE WAKE OF THE COLD WAR (1998) By Dan Henk, March 1998 This U.S. Air Force Academy study recommended a unified command for Africa; includes overview U.S. military activities in Africa in the 1990s.
MILITARY MEDICAL OPERATIONS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: THE DoD "POINT OF THE SPEAR" By C. William Fox, Jr., June 1997 Recommending an AFRICOM-like organization, this paper was a "Distinguished Essay" in the 1997 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Strategy Essay Competition
U.S. Africa Command: The First Three Years ... (March 2011) 8MB pdf By U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs, March 2011 A photography book on the creation of the U.S. Africa Command. Includes historical essays and current structure.
FACT SHEET: State Partnership Program5/17/2013
FACT SHEET: Kelley Barracks5/14/2013
FACT SHEET: U.S. Military Support to African Efforts to Counter LRA 5/14/2013
FACT SHEET: Operation Onward Liberty11/7/2012
FACT SHEET: Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program11/7/2012
FACT SHEET: Africa Endeavor10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Pandemic Response Program10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) 10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: International Military Education and Training (IMET) 10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Military-to-Military Program10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Partner Military HIV/AIDS Program (PMHAP)10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Foreign Military Financing10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team (ADAPT) 10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: 2012 Exercises10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Exercise Flintlock10/24/2012
FACT SHEET: Kelley Barracks10/2/2012
FACT SHEET: U.S. Africa Command Emblem and Insignia11/7/2008
U.S. government programs or international organizations in Africa.
Links do not imply official endorsement of content by U.S. Africa Command.
Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress) · Reports on Africa as released by the Foreign Press Center
Country Background Notes · Compiled by the U.S. Dept of State
Defense Security Cooperation Agency Fact Book · Data on Foreign Military Sales Agreements and Deliveries since 1950
Foreign Military Training and DoD Engagement Activities of Interest · Annual reports by the U.S. Department of State
Library of Congress · Africa and Middle East Collections