African Standby Force : An Integral Component Of The African Peace And Security Architecture

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2.4.4 African Standby Force The ASF is an integral component of the African Peace and Security Architecture and will play a critical function in enabling the PSC to fulfill its mandate. The ASF is organized into five regional standby forces, previously known as regional brigades. The formation of the regional forces includes a full time Planning Element (PLANELM); a Logistics Depot (LD); a Brigade Headquarters; and the Pledged Brigade Units. The various RECs and RMs are at various stages of establishing the aforementioned structures, although some regions like SADC have opted not to establish a standing Brigade Headquarters. The force consists of military, police and civilian components and is composed of five sub-regional contingents, each composed of a maximum of five thousand troops per sub-region making the overall number of 20-25,000 troops (Alemu 2008). This structural organization of the ASF points to the suggestion that there are at least two entities that have authority over the use and deployment of the ASF. These are the AU and the RECs (Regional Economic Communities). However, this brigade is yet to make the expected progress. According to the 2003 Policy Framework for the Establishment of the ASF and the Military Staff Committee (MSC) and the 2005 Roadmap for the operationalisation of the ASF, subsequently supplemented by Roadmap II, the ASF was to be developed in two phases and inaugurated in 2010. At the end of Phase II in 2010, the ASF was supposed to be

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