Africa Command needs to redefine its mission

03/26/09: The New York Times reports that the Government Accountability Office released a report saying that new Africa Command is still recovering from early missteps in explaining its missions and purpose, miscues that government investigators say have left lingering fears at the State Department, in Congress and on the continent that the Defense Department is militarizing the nation’s foreign policy in Africa.

03/19/09:  DVIDS reports that Africom commander Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward says that  U.S. Africa Command will intervene in conflicts on the continent only after warring countries have shown a political will to reconcile.  The two main functions of Africom are aiding in stabilization operations and helping build indigenous security forces, but before America steps in, national governments must take steps toward ending their conflicts.

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