US contractor Barbaricum spreads its wings for AMISOM
US defence contractor Barbaricum wants to diversify in Somalia and has expressed an interest in supporting AMISOM.
American defence contractor Barbaricum is to join fellow US company Apogee-SSU in providng assistance to the Niger Air Force. Support for the Nigerien air arm and West African air forces generally has become a priority for the US administration.
The company is about to take part in training - on behalf of the US Department of State, its main client - Ugandan troops deployed in Somalia to fight Al Shabaab insurgents. Its recent acquisition of SAIC's large portfolio will help it grow into Washington's diplomacy favourite operator across Africa.
The United States are preparing to deliver nearly 100 light transport and combat vehicles to the Somalian army to help it fight the Al-Shabaab movement. It is also a way to counter the growing influence of Turkey - and its Qatari ally - in the East African country.
At the request of the United States, American contractor Mission Essential plans to take on more Russian, Chinese and Turkish interpreters. Its aim is to gather more information about the activities of the three powers concerned in East Africa and elsewhere on the continent.