Graphic details. The US pivot to Africa


The U.S. Military’s Pivot to Africa, 2012-2013 (key below article) ©2013 TomDispatch ©Google

Key to the Map of the U.S. Military’s Pivot to Africa, 2012-2013

Green markers: U.S. military training, advising, or tactical deployments during 2013
Yellow markers: 
U.S. military training, advising, or tactical deployments during 2012
Purple marker: 
U.S. “security cooperation”
Red markers: 
Army National Guard partnerships
Blue markers: 
U.S. bases, forward operating sites (FOSes), contingency security locations (CSLs), contingency locations (CLs), airports with fueling agreements, and various shared facilities
Green push pins: 
U.S. military training/advising of indigenous troops carried out in a third country during 2013
Yellow push pins: 
U.S. military training/advising of indigenous troops carried out in a third country during 2012

If the proverbial picture is worth a thousand words, then what’s a map worth? Take, for instance, the one created by TomDispatch that documents U.S. military outposts, construction, security cooperation, and deployments in Africa.  It looks like a field of mushrooms after a monsoon.  U.S. Africa Command recognizes 54 countries on the continent, but refuses to say in which ones (or even in how many) it now conducts operations. An investigation by TomDispatch has found recent U.S. military involvement with no fewer than 49 African nations. 

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