Skip to comments.Tension Builds in the Gulf of Guinea as Competition for Economic Resources Increases
Posted on 04/02/2010 11:46:04 AM PDT by bananaman22
The strategic framework and the correlation of forces in the Gulf of Guinea one of the most significant and growing energy resource regions of the world is changing rapidly. A new era in security arrangements for the region is beginning.
The region is moving from an area of low technology defense and security systems, and minimal command and control at national levels, to one of growing sophistication, higher mobility, and the potential for military confrontation.
The five-year, $250-million Equatorial Guinea maritime security program - essentially the build-up of an integrated naval and air capability - announced on February 24, 2010, signalled the start of a re-defined strategic architecture in West Africa. It has brought a coherent military-security framework into life, highlighting issues which are vital to the welfare of the regional states in a way in which some earlier boundary disputes were not.
Given the strategic maxim that military planning must be based to a large degree on the capabilities, rather than the stated intent, of neighboring or competing states, the move by Equatorial Guinea serves as a focus for response and activities by regional strategic planners. Capabilities take years to develop; intent can change in moments. This means that Equatorial Guineas neighbours must address changing realities. Full article at: Gulf of Guinea
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Decades from now the oil will all be gone and this will remain a Third World Sewer.
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