Africa Command (AFRICOM)

Headquartered in Stuttgart-Moehringen,

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The creation of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) was announced Feb. 6, 2007 -- the culmination of a 10-year process within the Department of Defense regarding the emerging importance of Africa and as the direct result of increased defense operations after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Before AFRICOM's creation, the Pentagon's regional command structure did not account for Africa in a comprehensive way, with three U.S. military headquarters maintaining relationships with African countries. Created after 9/11, AFRICOM reflects a more integrated staff structure, one that includes significant management and staff representation by the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other federal agencies involved in Africa.

Source: Adapted from U.S. government regulations, "U.S. Government Manual", and "An Overview of the U.S. Intelligence Community"
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