Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) experts helped prepare new members of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) core staff for their coming assignment during an October 2011 training held in Norfolk, Va.
Speakers from ACSS and other organizations focused on political, diplomatic, economic, and security histories and trends at play in the Horn of Africa. They spoke to 48 military officials from a range of services and specializations.
Sessions included in-depth briefings on 10 of the 19 countries that make up the task force’s areas of operation and interest, including Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen. Participants also learned about Africa’s peace and security architecture, including the East African Standby Force, and CJTF-HOA’s role as an important player in the region for more than nine years.
With an environment meant to foster frank and open conversations, the seminar included intense exchanges between participants and guest speakers. The two-day workshop increased participants’ awareness and understanding of the complex security landscape within which CJTF-HOA operates, as well as the opportunities and challenges team members would likely face while performing their duties in the region. The training was one of ACSS’s direct-support programs for U.S. troops operating in Africa.