Since U.S. Africa Command began operations in 2008, the number of U.S. military
personnel on the African continent has jumped 170 percent, from 2,600 to 7,000. The
number of military missions, activities, programs, and exercises there has risen 1,900
percent, from 172 to 3,500. Drone strikes have soared and the number of commandos
deployed has increased exponentially along with the size and scope of AFRICOM's
constellation of bases. . . .
AFRICOM "disrupts and neutralizes transnational threats" in order to "promote regional
security, stability and prosperity," according to its mission statement. But since
AFRICOM began, key indicators of security and stability in Africa have plummeted
according to the Defense Department's Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a Pentagon
research institution. "Overall, militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled
since 2012," according to a recent analysis by the Africa Center. . . .