Air Force Leaders from Africa, United States meet in Senegal

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 08/28/2012

acss-racc-5aOn August 28, U.S. Ambassador Lewis Lukens and Senegal’s Minister of the Armed Forces, Augustin Tine, opened a northwestern African Air Chief’s Conference.  This 3-day workshop is hosted by the United States Air Forces Africa (AFAFRICA), in partnership with the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and the Senegalese Air Force.

General Philip M. Breedlove, commander of AFAFRICA delivered the keynote speech introducing the theme “Beyond Partnerships: Building Operational Frameworks for Cooperation.”  This provides an opportunity for approximately 30 decision-makers and airmen across Africa and the United States to focus on common approaches to enhance security in their air domain and promote collective efforts to address security concerns.

This seminar in Dakar will build on an AFAFRICA-sponsored air force leaders conference held in April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which provided a venue for African Air Chiefs and their U.S. partners to jointly evaluate the wide range of air security threats in Africa and align their strategies to confront those threats.