Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Is BDF America’s strategic airlift asset?

The United States of America last week invested in Botswana’s regional leadership in airlift capabilities.

In a curious finale to the two-day US military diplomacy exercise – the US AFRICOM African Chiefs of Defense Conference in Botswana – America handed over to the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) a C-130H “Hercules” cargo aircraft giving Botswana’s regional leadership in airlift capabilities a further boost

Indications are that, with America’s global competitors—China, Russia, and transnational terror organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State— growing in strength on the continent, US interest in the African theatre of operations is growing and the logistics effort required to support future deployments is also increasing.

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