The United States has been considering the idea of cutting back troop strengths in both Africa and South America to begin to free-up more troops to counter near-peer potential adversaries in Russia and China. 

The opinion here is that this would be a mistake since both Russia and China are actively trying to build their influences in Africa and South America. Last week, Admiral Craig Faller, the commander of SOUTHCOM, made a push with Congress to get support for more involvement, both diplomatically and economically in Latin America. 

He had some bipartisan support for this track as both Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, the committee’s ranking member was on the side of the Admiral. 

Inhofe said that both AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM “have never been adequately resourced.”