Posts Tagged 'maritime'

USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 5, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Morocco, Senegal, Khartoum, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Niger, Guinea, Mali, Chad, Darfur,

U.S. Africa Command conducts exercise with Morocco and Senegal (World Tribune)

U.S. Africa Command has completed arrangements for a maritime counter-insurgency exercise in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2010.

Clinton Defends U.S. Record on Khartoum (AllAfrica.com)

The United States Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has defended the Obama administration’s record on Sudan, saying although she is “certainly not satisfied” with what it has achieved, “it is an immensely complicated arena.”

US envoy visits Sudan for first time since elections (AFP)

WASHINGTON – US envoy Scott Gration returned this week to Sudan, his first visit there since last month’s controversial elections, to pursue efforts to stabilize both southern and western parts of the country.

For additional relevant articles of interest, go to: http://www.scribd.com/doc/30921548/AFRICOM-Related-News-Clips-May-5-2010

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African Union Experts’ Workshop on Maritime Security

On 4/13/2010 3:53:41 PM Phillip J. Heyl, Chief of Air and Maritime Security in Strategy, Plans and Programs, U.S. Africa Command wrote:

I recently returned from the African Union (AU) sponsored Experts’ Workshop on Maritime Security in Addis Ababa from 6-7 April 2010.

The goal of the workshop was to generate discussion leading to specific inputs for the construct of a continental strategy for the African maritime domain. Illegal fishing, illegal dumping of toxic wastes, arms and drug trafficking, human trafficking, piracy, and armed robbery at sea were featured prominently in numerous presentations. The workshop succeeded in gathering a variety of experts who reached broad consensus on the need for a maritime strategy and continued emphasis on cooperative operations to enforce African maritime laws.

Safe, secure, and clean seas in Africa are of shared African and global interest. It was clear from this meeting at the AU that African military and maritime leaders recognize the importance of a secure maritime domain and are taking steps to address significant issues. For example, the AU’s Plan of Action for the Maritime Transport Charter accepted last October is an important move toward improving maritime security in Africa. Delegates at this meeting discussed the need for an overarching vision to tie the various individual countries’ efforts together regionally. African maritime security strategy led by Africans, supported by committed global partnerships, will benefit African economies and the global market.

http://www.africom.mil/africomDialogue.asp?entry=1183

Maritime Security and Economic Development

The following blog is by Phillip J. Heyl, chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, U.S. Africa Command:

I just returned from a Consultative Workshop to develop a Maritime Security Strategy for Africa. The workshop focused on the role of Maritime Security on economic development: Not only in deterring threats to security from illegal activities such as illicit trafficking in drugs, arms and humans, and illegal fishing, but also on the positive effects of effective port security and extractive resource security in the maritime domain.

This workshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the discussion was led by the African Center for Strategic Studies and hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation. The Brenthurst Foundation is a Johannesburg-based think-tank focused on African development. Included were senior military and civilian leaders from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa. We were also joined by our partners from Department of State, DoD(policy), U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Institute for Strategic Studies (South Africa).

The working group will report its recommendations for a comprehensive Maritime Strategy to the African Union by the first of April 2010.

http://www.africom.mil/africomDialogue.asp?entry=1127

AFRICOM-related news clips for 5 January 2010

Africa Command Revamps Multinational, Interagency Cooperation Strategies

SIGNAL Magazine – By Maryann Lawlor

January 2010

The latest combatant command to join the ranks in the U.S. Defense Department has set out on a different mission than its well-established brethren. From its very conception, the U.S. Africa Command has been designed to help the nations in its area of responsibility to help themselves. Since its inception two years later, it has been fulfilling that vision with assistance from other U.S. government agencies in an area that comprises 53 countries that include more than 800 ethnic groups who speak more than 1,000 languages. In essence, it is not a typical combatant command.

http://bit.ly/8Rd32b

Exercise in Africa Breaks Many Molds

SIGNAL Magazine – By Rita Boland

January 2010

African nations are overcoming the tyranny of distance posed by their massive continent through an exercise designed to increase command, control, communications and computer capacity. Representatives from more than two dozen African countries met in Gabon at the end of last September through the beginning of October to test technology compatibility. The event helps build relationships and enhance interoperability during disaster relief and peacekeeping missions. The most recent effort built off past exercises and included a variety of first-time occurrences. It also identified new areas of need such as the addition of an information assurance technical working group.

http://bit.ly/4y3jyX

U.S. Marine Corps weighs merits of Africa task force

World Sentinel – By non-attributed author

4 January 2010

Talks are underway to add a special-purpose Marine air-ground task force to U.S. Africa Command, a move that would center on expanding efforts to train African militaries, officials say. The plan is "purely in the conceptual phase," said Master Sgt. Grady Fontana, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Africa, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. "… It´s just something that people are talking about as a way that can help support Africa Command."

http://bit.ly/5nMKBT

Delta 4 assigned to deliver military satellite into orbit

Spaceflight Now – By Justin Ray

4 January 2010

The U.S. Air Force has tapped the Delta 4 as its rocket of choice to launch the fourth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft two years from now, officials announced Monday.

http://bit.ly/8oQ7Nn

U.S. helping get Nigeria’s C-130s back off the ground

Stars and Stripes – By Jennifer H. Svan

5 January 2010

Mideast edition-As the United States looks to build strategic partnerships with African countries, it’s investing a lot of hope in Nigeria.

http://bit.ly/4xvFmI

Bomb attempt a wake-up call for Nigeria

CNN – By Princeton N. Lyman

4 January 2010

Washington, D.C. (CNN) — Americans were alarmed to learn of the attempt to bring down an American airliner over Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day. But Nigerians were especially shocked to learn that one of their own, Umar Farouk AbdulMuttalab, was the perpetrator.

http://bit.ly/4zy8j8

Nigeria Regrets Inclusion on US Screening List

Voice of America – By Gilbert Da Costa

4 January 2010

Nigeria wants the US to reconsider its inclusion on a list of countries whose air travelers will be subjected to enhanced security screening techniques. The new security measures come into effect in response to the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a US airliner.

http://bit.ly/6sLlf0

Kenya Seeks To Deport Muslim Cleric To Jamaica

New York Times – By Alan Cowell

4 January 2010

LONDON — The Kenyan authorities were reported on Monday to be planning to deport a Jamaican-born Muslim cleric, Abdullah el-Faisal, who may have helped inspire the Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb an American airliner headed to Detroit on Christmas Day.

http://bit.ly/68nnYj

UN News Service Africa Briefs

Full Articles on UN Website

31 December 2009 – 4 January 2010

http://bit.ly/50BxQb

*Uptick in attacks forces UN food agency to shut down programmes in Somalia

*UN helping to monitor volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo

*UN envoy urges Sudan to work for stability, security in 2010

*DR Congo: UN rushes food to thousands displaced by ethnic fighting

*UNICEF speaks out against child deaths in northern Nigerian clashes


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