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The Never-Ending AFRICOM Story – Plus al-Qaeda affiliates in Africa

Posted in Uncategorized by Vince Crawley on May 8, 2012

There’s more language about the location of the headquarters of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in the just-released version of the FY 2013 Defense Authorization bill that went out May 7 by  Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. It’s on page 588 of a 595-page draft bill. We’re still fairly early in the legislative process, but the issue of where AFRICOM should be located has been percolating for more than half a decade now.

The draft bill also asks the Defense Department to provide an update on the strategy to address extremist groups that have or seek ties to al-Qaeda, including several regional groups in Africa.

First, here’s the AFRICOM language:

Geographic Positioning of the Headquarters for U.S. Africa Command

In the committee report (H. Rept. 112-78) accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, the committee directed the Secretary of Defense to conduct an analysis of the placement of the headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command and report the findings to the congressional defense committees by April 1, 2012. The committee was disappointed that the report was not completed by that deadline, but has granted the Secretary an extension through July 1, 2012.
The committee continues to believe that the establishment of U.S. Africa Command as a geographic combatant command was an appropriate response to meet the national security challenges originating in, and transiting through, the African region. The committee also believes that the physical location of the (more…)