Accession Number : ADA326903

Title :   Military Medical Operations in Sub-Saharan Africa: The DOD 'Point of the Spear' for Engagement and Enlargement.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Fox, William, Jr

PDF Url : ADA326903

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Africa in the mid 1990s is that it is diminishing. Both real U.S. dollar expenditures and significant programs, such as those of the United States Agency for International Development (USMD), which have played a significant role in U.S. assistance in the past, are simply vanishing. Ironically, this is occurring as African states are desperately seeking development strategies that will attenuate the almost overwhelming problems they face. Like it or not, they continue to look to the developed world, particularly the United States, for inspiration and assistance. According to the current National Security Strategy, the Clinton Administration is committed to 'addressing' Africa's 'economic, political, social, ethnic and environmental challenges' and to 'identifyING and addressING the root causes of African conflicts and disasters before they erupt.' The National Military Strategy asserts that the two fundamental national military objectives are to 'promote long-term stability' and 'thwart' aggression. The rhetoric is sound, but to date is matched by little tangible accomplishment. Unfortunately for Africa and for the U.S., the lack of an integrated, coherent implementation of the National Security Strategy (NSS) for Africa comes at exactly the time when just the opposite is needed. Meanwhile, Africa's problems threaten not only the region, but the developed world as well.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *NATIONAL SECURITY, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, STABILITY, UNITED STATES, STRATEGY, SUBSAHARAN AFRICA, LONG RANGE(TIME), AFRICA, HOMING, ADDRESSING.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE