Source: Defense News
What Africa do we want in the future?” Harrington said. “Do we want the one that is contributing to the world order, where Africa’s potential is realized both economically and human-dimension-wise, or is it going to be one where we worry about people migrating in large numbers to flee terrorism? Africa will become more and more important to the United States in the decades to come.”
For its part, U.S. Army Africa, with help from regionally-aligned forces that include a brigade combat team from the 101st Airborne Division, is looking to continue partnering with its African counterparts.
On any given day, about 2,000 U.S. soldiers are deployed to Africa to conduct theater security cooperation activities, train with African partners and participate in exercises, Harrington said.
This year, soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, rotated in and out of the continent for exercises large and small, ranging from Central Accord, U.S. Army Africa’s largest exercise to date on the continent, to small, military-to-military engagements.