4th Ordinary Meeting of Specialized Technical Committee on Defense, Safety and Security Preparatory Meeting of Experts and 6th Meeting of the African Chiefs of Defense Staff and Heads of Security and Safety Services, 3-7 December 2010, Addis Ababa
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Considerable progress has been made both at regional and continental level on efforts to operationalize the African Standby Force (ASF). As at 2010, the ASF is assessed, through regional exercises and the AMANI AFRICA Cycle, as being at Initial Operating Capability (IOC): that is, the 5 regions/mechanisms and the African Union Commission (AUC) are able to deploy and manage a standby force but enhancements are still required in force composition, planning, procedures, training, communications and logistics before the level can be raised to Full Operating Capability (FOC). Roadmap III proposes to focus on the steps now needed to reach FOC for a limited Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) by 2012, and FOC for the ASF as a whole by 2015.