Must Read

PrintPrint EmailEmail ShareShare CiteCite
Style:MLAAPAChicagoClose

loading...

GAO: Defense Management

February 2009

Share

The United States Government Accountability Office Defense Management February 2009 report (No:09-181) to the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives.

DOD declared AFRICOM fully operational on September 30, 2008, and had more than 950 military and civilian personnel assigned to the command; however, concerns about its planned mission and activities persist. DOD created AFRICOM to bring a more cohesive and strategic focus to its efforts in Africa. However, initial statements made about its mission and the scope of its activity raised concerns among U.S. and African stakeholders that AFRICOM could militarize diplomacy and development. Since the initial announcement, DOD has taken some steps to clarify its mission and in May 2008 published an approved mission statement. But concerns persist and DOD has not yet finalized a strategy for future communication with the wide range of stakeholders. It will take time for concerns generated by the initial announcement to subside and will largely depend on AFRICOM's actions. Unresolved concerns about AFRICOM's intentions could limit support from key stakeholders like State and potential African partners. GAO's prior work shows that a communications strategy can help address stakeholder concerns and clarify expectations.

Full Text of Document

More on This Topic

Council Special Report No. 20

Living with Hugo

Author: Richard Lapper

With polls showing Chvez strongly in the lead in the December 3, 2006, Venezuelan presidential election, the United States needs to prepare...

Op-Ed

Washington: Out of the Game in Caracas

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia E. Sweig argues the United States has been a marginal actor in Latin America, but this could change in the Obama administration's...