Africa Security Brief No. 22

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Building Africa’s Airlift Capacity: A Strategy for Enhancing Military Effectiveness

By Birame Diop, David Peyton, and Gene McConville

August 31, 2012

BlackhawkGrowing security threats posed by agile and maneuverable forces such as narcotics traffickers, coastal pirate gangs, and nonstate militias have underscored the critical importance of security force mobility to monitor and protect Africa’s enormous land mass and more than 30,000 km of coastline. While commonly viewed as too expensive, airlift assets provide vital capabilities and multiply the effectiveness of Africa’s resource-limited militaries and collective peace operations.

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