Oversight: U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Transportation: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 7, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 7, 2013 hearing, "Oversight: U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Transportation," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "There are three areas I want to call out for special attention. First, the attack in Benghazi last September was a poignant and powerful reminder of our need and the public's expectation for a capability to respond in real time to crises around the world. This committee recently heard from the Secretary of Defense and from General Dempsey on the Department's response to the Benghazi attack. It is clear that AFRICOM [Africa Command] continues to struggle to secure basing rights and access which would allow for such a response or allowing us to conduct day to day certain military operations with partners in the region. Moreover, AFRICOM has received less in the way of resources and support than other geographic commands, and this problem indeed may grow in a resource-constrained environment. So we look forward to learning of the action that the Department has taken to ensure AFRICOM is equipped in the future to respond to or, more importantly, to secure the intelligence to warn of such an impending attack. Second, AFRICOM's efforts to combat the threat posed by al Qaeda, its associated forces, and other violent extremists have seen some success, but new challenges to sustaining progress seem to emerge daily. In Somalia, AFRICOM's investments are showing promise as the African Union forces continue to expand their territorial control and the nascent Somalia government is provided additional time and space to build its capacity and its capabilities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Levin, James M. Inhofe, William M. Fraser and Carter F. Ham.

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