February 12, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today on the Department of Defense’s announcement that the Army would deploy elements of the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to Africa to conduct train, advise, and assist missions in certain African countries:
“I’m pleased that the Department of Defense will send the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade to Africa – something I’ve been calling for since 2018. The SFAB’s capabilities are well suited for many of AFRICOM’s important missions to train and advise our partners on the continent. At the same time, the growing security threats in Africa – from terrorism to China and Russia – require additional capabilities that special operations and other troops currently serving there provide. The SFAB should complement these critical forces, not replace them. I am waiting to see the details of what else the Department is proposing for our AFRICOM troop presence on the continent and its critical role in supporting the National Defense Strategy.”
Background: In April 2018, Inhofe sent a letter to then-Secretary of the Army Mark Esper requesting information about assigning one of the SFABs to United States Africa Command to meet current and future security cooperation and partner capacity building requirements.