The $3.5 million contract secured by the defence services provider to advise the Mozambican military
The $3.5 million contract secured by the defence services provider to advise the Mozambican military reflects US strategic interests in the region.
On 6 September, the American defence services provider Crisis Response Co (CRC) won a contract from the US State Department to provide strategic and tactical advice to the Mozambican government. The firm will seek to build the counter-terrorism capacities of the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (FADM) and strengthen cooperation between the two countries' intelligence agencies.
Maputo is contending with an insurrection in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, which is being fuelled by the substantial oil and gas reserves in the region. CRC, which will pocket a total of $3.5m over the course of the contract, has committed to supporting the government's efforts to contain the insurrection for a five-year period. The landing of this contract followed a drive by CRC to recruit strategic advisors this summer (Africa Intelligence, 22/07/20).
Maintaining its influence
Washington is increasingly turning to subcontractors to support its state allies in Africa as a way both of countering Islamist terrorism and above all of not losing its influence in the face of other emerging military powers on the continent such as Turkey (Africa Intelligence, 10/09/20) and Russia. This strategy has elevated certain service providers like Sincerus Global into the go-to operators of the US security agencies (Africa Intelligence, 14/09/20).
In addition to Mozambique, CRC is active on much of the rest of the continent. In West Africa, it is training pilots in the Malian, Chadian and Cameroonian air forces, while in the Horn it is in charge of overseeing the allocation of American funds to the Somali National Army (SNA).