Category Africa

Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths In Niger

Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths in Niger Culture of excessive risk is faulted in ill-fated mission against Islamists in West Africa https://www.wsj.com/articles/classified-report-slams-military-over-october-deaths-in-niger-1524698730 A team of soldiers carried the transfer case of Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Oct. 5. He was killed in Niger the day before. PHOTO: LANE […]

Russian ‘Blackwater,’ Russian Military Advisers “Fight For Africa”

https://www.svoboda.org/a/29192123.html ATLAS OF THE WORLD Kremlin “Fight for Africa”. Mercenaries Prigogine now in the jungle 25 April 2018 ·        Alexander Gostev The battalion of the government army of the CAR, prepared with the help of Russian instructors Russian military instructors, advisors and mercenaries from private military companies have appeared and are already active in Central and Eastern […]

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Excerpts: Later this summer, workers will lay five inches of asphalt atop the rock bed. In all, commanders say they will pave some 39 acres of airfield. While built mainly for the Reaper drones, the runway and adjoining taxiways and ramps must be able to handle much heavier C-17 cargo planes. Three huge hangars capped […]

Punishment Or Provocation? Echoes From El Dorado Canyon

Punishment or Provocation? Echoes from El Dorado Canyon thestrategybridge.org · by Blake Herzinger · April 12, 2018 “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” —Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 “We hope that these acts deter future acts of terrorism. One can’t know for sure that that will be the case.” —Robert B. Sims, Pentagon Spokesperson, 17 April […]

The Case For Extreme Worry

In places that include China and Russia, chief rival powers to the U.S., technology is “empowering top-down authoritarianism as liberal democracy weakens.” The case for extreme worry Axios · by Mike Allen To White House insiders, this is the most dangerous phase of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, from the brewing trade war with China that he denies is a […]

The United States Is Preparing For The Wrong War

Excerpts.   There’s nothing wrong with rebuilding the United States’ conventional combat capacity. By all means, buy more fighter aircraft and navy ships. Spend more time training with artillery and tanks. Those weapons are needed to maintain deterrence and keep the peace. But don’t imagine that all this firepower will keep us safe. The United […]

Soldier In Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned Of Gaps, Defense Officials Say

Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say By Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff, www.nytimes.com View Original March 19th, 2018 WASHINGTON — The leader of an ill-fated team of American soldiers in Niger last fall warned before the mission that his troops did not have the equipment or intelligence necessary to carry out a kill-or-capture raid […]

U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger

Excerpts: The Pentagon appears ready to scale back military operations in West Africa even further. A draft of the investigation, parts of which were described to The Times in February, called for the military to reduce the number of ground missions, and to strip commanders in the field of some authority to send troops on […]

The Future ODA 2035-2050: Small SF Units Deployed Overseas

The Future ODA 2035-2050 by Howard R. Simkin Journal Article |  March 7, 2018 – 8:52am http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-future-oda-2035-2050 The Future ODA 2035-2050 Howard R. Simkin The following is presented as part of the TRADOC G2’s “Soldier 2050” Call for Ideas. This material will form a compendium of thoughts and ideas that will support the exploration of future […]

‘Significant’ Consequences If China Takes Key Port In Djibouti: U.S. General

‘Significant’ consequences if China takes key port in Djibouti: U.S. general By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, www.reuters.com View Original March 6th, 2018 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general for Africa told lawmakers on Tuesday that the American military could face “significant” consequences should China take a key port in Djibouti, as Beijing becomes increasingly muscular in Africa […]