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Title:Defence Sector Transformation: Challenges for Sub Saharan Africa
Author:Le Roux, Len
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:defence policy
Politics and Government
Military, Defense and Arms
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Sub-Saharan Africa faces many challenges as the region moves from an era of conflict into a new era of democratization and peace building. Amongst these challenges is that of transforming the defence sectors of the region to ensure appropriate, adequate, accountable and affordable defence. Defence transformation is, however, not just about budget cuts and control. It starts with the recognition of the vital role the defence sector plays in support of government's protective functions. Once this role is recognized, defence transformation should ensure that the sector is aligned with the principles of democratic control. Defence transformation must furthermore ensure that a balance is reached between the ends, ways and means of the sector. In the final instance defence transformation must investigate all possibilities to enhance the efficiency of the military. The challenges of defence transformation will differ from country to country due to their particular circumstances. Nevertheless, there are common factors in all transformational processes. The transformation of defence in South Africa serves as a case study for what lies ahead for many other States in the region. Note, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]