CJTF-HOACombined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (USMC deployed unit)
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Since the proposed 2017 NDAA from the SASC would require one of the geographic combatant commands to evaluate the alternative JTF option, the existence of CJTF-HOA and the broad mission set of USAFRICOM make it the ideal place to test this C2 structure.
The CJTF-HOA Intelligence Directorate (J-2) has a dynamic mission in providing intelligence support and all source intelligence products focusing on ten countries within the area of operations (AO) and 11 countries within its area of interest (Al).
In addition, subject matter experts in logistics from CJTF-HOA meet with key planners from the Somalia National Army and international community to work through logistics priorities and help develop logistics plans.
In the fall of 2012, the JIE Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) was implemented at CJTF-HOA. The benefits realized by this implementation included realigning the network management and technology refresh tasks away from the warfighter, and providing increased network stability and security.
CTC: Can you briefly describe the strategic importance of CJTF-HoA, its area of responsibility, and the strategic role it plays in both U.S.
The mission here at CJTF-HOA helps people, it helps my people."
In 2003, when CJTF-HOA was first set up there, it was indeed true that the only major US outpost in Africa was Camp Lemonnier.
The New Spice Route, established by CJTF-HOA, is designed to minimize AFRICOM's reliance on military airlift by developing reliable surface movement options across Fast Africa.
Despite these efforts, C-130s and other military airlifters remain the prominent means of shipmentto HOA's dispersed units due to short timelines and a lack of standardized processes for surface movement--something that the Spice Route team including CJTF-HOA, Headquarters US Africa Command, US Army Africa, US Naval Forces Africa, and other DOD partners seeks to change.
The National Military Strategy of the United States of America emphasizes this point, observing that "the Joint Force will continue to build partner capacity in Africa, focusing on critical states where the threat of terrorism could pose a threat [sic] to our homeland and interests." (14) Air Force rescue has executed and supported this mission for years as part of CJTF-HOA.
For instance, at Kenya's Faza Secondary School, CJTF-HOA built a volleyball court; the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries established a science laboratory; the telecommunications company Safaricom constructed a wind-powered computer lab; the Kenyan Red Cross built a greenhouse and sprinkler system; and USAID and the government of the Netherlands renovated school buildings.