Report 20140325A


March 25, 2014


Barack Obama (Second Term)


South Sudan Central African Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo Uganda

Was 4(a)(1) Triggered? (Hostilities/Imminent Hostilities)

No, as described in/inferred from report

Was 4(a)(2) Triggered? (Combat- Equipped Introduction)

No, as described in/inferred from report

Was 4(a)(3) Triggered? (Substantial Enlargement)

Yes, described in/inferred from report

Joint/Coalition Mission


Details: "regional forces from the African Union's Regional Task Force"

Article 51 Report to UN

Not applicable because no self-defense claim



Details: "to support regional forces from the African Union's Regional Task Force that are working to apprehend or remove Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and other senior leaders from the battlefield and to protect local populations"

Domestic Legal Authority

Constitution (Art. II)

Details: "This deployment is in furtherance of the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, including the policy expressed in the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, Public Law 111-172, enacted May 24, 2010. I have approved this deployment pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive."

Claimed International Legal Basis

Consent of territorial state

Details: Deployment is "to enhance U.S. support to these regional forces"

Estimated Scope/Duration

Mission-bound but indeterminate

Details: "During these deployments, the number of U.S. Armed Forces deployed to the central Africa region will fluctuate, and may increase to as many as approximately 300."

Type of Enemy or Mission

Non-state actor

Details: Lord's Resistance Army

Military Activity

Air operations Use of ground forces

Details: "U.S. aircraft, aircrews, and support personnel deployed to central Africa.... The approximately 150 additional personnel will principally operate and maintain U.S. aircraft to provide air mobility support to foreign partner forces"

US Casualties Reported


Non-US Casualties Reported