Vates Corp, Pentagon's ace analyst in East Africa
The US-Kenyan strategic consulting and risk management firm Vates Corp is to bring in a new team of analysts as it renews its contract with the US Department of Defense
Washington is stepping up its support for Somali special forces by hiring more and more private service providers in the field. The US wants to take down Al-Shabaab but also keep tabs on the Somali National Army, now largely under Turkish influence.
Chinese defence giant Poly Technologies has secretly taken a stake in the capital of IMUT, a company set up to deliver locally-built armoured vehicles to the Egyptian army and which is run from Pretoria by American-Egyptian busnessman Michel F.
Run by figures close to the seat of power of Moscow, Roscongress Foundation is using the holding of international events to further Russia's drive to extend its links in Africa beyond its longstanding partners in the north of the continent.
Building on from its presence in Central African Republic and Libya, Moscow is determined to create a firm footing in Mozambique, a country that for 20 years was a Soviet outpost. Like in Bangui, the main vector for Russian influence here is military support to local forces working to combat an insurrection that has rocked Cabo Delgado province since October 5, 2017.
By providing 20 light armoured vehicles to the Ugandan army in January, Ankara anticipated the entry into force of the bilateral military agreement between Turkey and Uganda, which was ratified on February 5 by the Turkish Parliament.