Defense News recently released a story, U.S. Africa Command Finally Receives Special Ops Unit, which talks about the addition of a new U.S. direct action/quick reaction force unit to the region. The author bases his information on a recent December 3rd Q&A session at George Washington University by General Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. African Command (AFRICOM).

According to Defense News, the General speaks about the addition of a new Special Forces CIF team, or “commander’s in-extremis force”, under AFRICOM. He revealed the existence of this additional CIF team to his command allegedly in response to what happened in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012.

General Ham speaking at HSPI on December 3rd
General Ham speaking at HSPI on December 3rd

The commander’s in-extremis force (CIF) was stood up on Oct. 1, AFRICOM chief Gen. Carter Ham revealed during a talk at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute on Dec. 3. – Defense News

The video can be found here: HSPI Event – General Carter Ham, AFRICOM Commander. I watched the entire one-hour plus session and there was never any mention of any Special Forces CIF team or similar forces so I’m unsure where the information came from. But to be semi-fair to Defense News; the last question asked by an attendee was cut off prematurely from the video feed. Regardless I’m very interested to see what the source on this is.