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African Land Forces Summit 16

Monday, May 16, 2016

What is it?

The African Land Forces Summit 16 is an exchange between the United States, the United Republic of Tanzania and land force chiefs from across Africa, to discuss and develop cooperative solutions to regional and transregional challenges and threats. Senior leaders from African nations will have the opportunity to solidify relationships, exchange information on current topics of mutual interest and encourage cooperation in addressing challenges.

The theme for this year’s summit is Building Security in Africa through Cooperation, and is being hosted in Arusha, Tanzania, May 16-19.

What has the Army done?

For the past few decades, U.S. Army Africa has partnered with African armies in security-cooperation events that increase readiness while building partnerships between nations and the capacity to increase regional and transregional security. U.S. Army Africa leverages its relationships across Africa to provide a venue for African leaders to discuss current and emerging issues, as well as best practices.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

U.S. Army Africa leverages the Total Army and uses a regional focus, embedded in the Army’s global engagement strategy to strengthen African land forces and regional organizations. These foundational capabilities help synchronize efforts and provide options to prevent conflict, to shape the security environment and to win conflicts. This seminar is just one example of U.S. Army Africa’s commitment to strengthening relationships with partner nations in Africa. Future summits and security cooperation engagements will be scheduled to take place in Africa and U.S. Army Africa will continue to develop and build upon the relationships and partnerships established here.

Why is this important to the Army?

The African Land Forces Summit provides an opportunity for U.S. Army to hear issues and concerns directly from African military leaders. It also provides a forum for the partner nations to freely express their opinions, concerns, desires, goals and ideas. Developing cooperative relationships and enduring partnerships among the militaries helps to promote security, stability and peace in Africa, and protect the national security interests of the United States.


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