Partnership - Peace - Stability
March 2010Greetings,It has been twelve extraordinary months since my last posturetestimonies to the Congressional Armed Services Committees. During that time, United States Arica Command ocused its eorts onsupporting measurable progress by Arican states in building capable and proessional militaries that are subordinate to civilian authority, respecthuman rights, and adhere to the rule o law. Tis, in turn, contributes toincreased security and stability in Arica. Te programs and activities o our command are in direct support o advancing and protecting U.S. interests in Arica. At the sametime, they provide an opportunity or Arican states and regional organizations to promote democracy,expand development, provide or their common deense, and better serve their people.Te steady growth in scope and participation o many o our earliest initiatives is one measure o oursuccess thus ar. Our rst maritime security initiative, the Arican Partnership Station, is now on itsfh rotation and has expanded rom West and Central Arica to include partner nations in East Aricaand the Western Indian Ocean. AFRICA ENDEAVOR, a multinational exercise aimed at testing andstrengthening the communications interoperability o Arican militaries to enable their coordinationin regional peacekeeping, humanitarian and disaster relie operations, has grown to more than 30 participating nations. With the growth o U.S. Arica Command’s component and subordinate commands (Air Force,Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Special Operations), new programs are making immediate impacts.Tis was vividly demonstrated by NAURAL FIRE, a humanitarian assistance and disaster responseexercise in Uganda and Kenya last all that brought together several central and eastern Arican nationsin a spirit o cooperation.Our inclusive approach o engaging other U.S. government agencies to develop collaborative programs bore much ruit. One particular example is the Arican Maritime Law EnorcementProgram, developed in collaboration with the Department o Homeland Security to leverage U.S.Coast Guard capabilities in eorts to strengthen the abilities o Arican partner nations to moreeectively control their territorial waters.As the 2010 U.S. Arica Command Posture Statement will show, our activities and programs arehelping our Arican partners assume an ever-increasing role in addressing security concerns o thecontinent and its island nations. By ocusing on long-term capacity building, we are implementing a preventive strategy that serves the interests o the United States, our Arican partners, and other allies.