U.S Opening More Spies and Drone Bases in AfricaJune 16 | Posted by David James | Geopolitik, Intelligence News
Intelligence reports indicate that there is a significant shift in US policy on African intelligence and defense roles through increased spying and defense programs.
In 2012 alone, U.S army has launched military training programs in central Africa with Uganda and Southern Sudan as major areas of operations, intelligence gathered by Strategic Intelligence confirms.
The US army has trained Ugandan army, and has a similar program in South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya, however it’s the increasing spy and surveillance bases establishment that marks a significant shift in the security policy on Africa.
Strategic Intelligence analyzed previous terrorist and economic events and their impact on global security, particularly in the Asian and Middle East zones. The role of previous allies of the United States in peace and military programs are gradually becoming less important.
At the same time, the US Intelligence CIA and the country’s defense program finds the role of Arab Asia and Middle East in defense and economics gradually negatively impacting its geopolitical position.
US have reported very little progress in Asia Pacific particularly in its military incursions and anti-terror operations. The scorecard shows very little positive gain and grave economic ramifications at home due to these military operations. Terrorism is shifting its role and area of operations to Africa with new bases being established in North, Central, and East Africa.
To avoid losing its geopolitical value and military supremo profile, the US seeks to establish economic-military ties in emerging economies such as Africa where there are soft targets.
To achieve this, the US has started establishing drone bases, spy cells and operating bases across Africa.
Strategic Intelligence reports presence of Swiss made unmarked turboprop planes fitted with state of the art cameras and sensors in East and Central Africa. According to the intelligence, these planes fly thousands of miles between bases. The planes models are the single-engine Pilatus PC-12s, small passenger and cargo planes manufactured in Switzerland (Defense News)
The United States is militarizing its intelligence operations in Africa. In the Islamic Maghreb, the US has spy bases in Mauritania and Burkina Faso to gather intelligence on Al-Qaeda.
In Central Africa, Uganda and South Sudan harbor these spy planes and drones bases. The bases are used to launch operations to rout militants including the LRA and possible movement of North African Al-Qaeda through Sudan-Ethiopia to Eritrea and Somalia.
In East Africa, Ethiopia Seychelles, Djibouti, and Kenya are home to more advanced drones, spy planes, and intelligence gathering bases run by the CIA and the US special operations units.