Justified Accord 23, commissioned by the US Army and Kenya, is set to be the largest military exercise in East Africa. The exercise will host at least 20 countries from three continents, which will take place from February 13 to February 24. This exercise will consist of field training, live fire, maritime exercises, special operations, and cyber courses. The US Africa Command’s largest exercise in East Africa will involve events in Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, and Djibouti.
The exercise aims to increase partner readiness for peacekeeping missions, crisis response, and humanitarian exercises. Kenyans will benefit from this exercise as they will receive medical services from US Army Civil Affairs personnel. This 10-day exercise helps build partnerships with the US Army Africa and the East African military forces, which improves their capability to respond to regional security threats.
This military exercise is designed to respond to the security threats posed by violent extremist organizations such as Al Shabaab. The exercise will alternate annually as a field-training exercise and a tabletop exercise.
The Southern European Task Force-Africa (SETAF-AF) will lead this joint exercise in East Africa to enable future operations, maintain strategic access, and build partner capacity to disrupt malign influence, aggression, and activity.
In contrast, the exercise comes before joint South Africa/Russia/China military maneuvers that coincide with the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.