As part of the "5 + 5 Defense Initiative" action plan for 2016, Algeria, which holds the rotating presidency of this forum, is hosting the 15th and 16th November 2016 at the Cercle National de l ' Armed with the work of the 23rd meeting of the Steering Committee of the Initiative bringing together representatives of the 10 countries...

Security experts and stakeholders converged at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) from 7-8 November, 2016, to interrogate the root causes of violent extremism and how Human Security Initiatives could be used to counter this growing trend on the African Continent. The two-day workshop served at a great platform to identify the roles of stakeholders at the...

The opposition MDC-T party has expressed dismay over reports that the Zimbabwe National Army is recruiting thousands of new soldiers at a time the government is unable to pay salaries and the "national economy is comatose".Morgan Tsvangirai's party called on the regional SADC grouping as well as the African Union and the United Nations to keep a "close eye...

The Head of Norwegian Defence International Centre (NODEFIC) Lt. Col. Pedersen and his Deputy, Lt Col. Vindheim paid EASF a courtesy call on 14th November 2016 at the Secretariat in Karen, Nairobi. NODEFIC is one of EASF's main supporters of logistics' courses.The guests held scheduled meetings with the Head of Peace Operations Department and Planning Element's Joint Chief of...

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has sought the assistance of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in its plan to set up a Research and Development Agency for the Military.The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, in a statement signed monday by the Col. Kingsley Umoh for the Directorate of Defence Information (DDI), made this request last Wednesday...

Several dignitaries yesterday attended the remembrance Sunday to commemorate members of the Commonwealth forces who died during the world wars, particularly those who perished in the East Africa Campaign.The service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery also commemorated the servicemen of the German forces who died in Tanzania during the First...

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation that arrived in Angola last Sunday visited the Military History Museum, in Luanda City, where the members of the said UNSC team learnt about aspects relating to Angola’s anti-colonial struggle, its liberation process and independence declaration, as well as the country’s pacification process.During the guided visit, the UNSC delegation - led by...

The Minister of Defence, Mansor Dan-Ali, yesterday lamented that the major challenge facing his ministry in carrying out its mandate is the late release of funds, despite having received 96 percent of overheads and 71 percent of capital in the 2016 budget as at October 31, 2016.The minister disclosed this in Abuja while hosting the Senate Committee on Defence...

Thity-six Military, Police and Civilian officers from 14 countries including 12 African countries started a week long International Course on the Kigali Principles on Protection of Civilians (PoC) in Conflict Zones.The Course conducted at Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze District was officially opened on 9th November 2016 by the Minister of Justice, Hon Johnston Busingye.The RDF Chief of Defence,...

As part of enhancing and improving strategic relationship between the South African Navy (SAN) and United States Navy, the newly appointed USA Attaché, Captain S. Morgenfeld, accompanied by Major A.J. Segal, visited the SAN Headquarters on 7 November 2016. The primary purpose was to introduce himself to the top leadership of the South African Navy and also creating solid...