Its mission is to foster 'security, stability and prosperity'.
The US has brought together Defence Chiefs from the majority of African countries.
It says it wants to help in the fight against armed groups such as Boko Haram, Al Shabab and ISIL.
The meeting's taking place in Germany at the Headquarters of the United States Africa Command - or AFRICOM - which was set up 10 years ago.
But critics are questioning Washington's motives.
Presenter: Laura Kyle.
Reuben Brigety -Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and former US Ambassador to the African Union.
Martin Ewi - Senior Researcher in the International Crime in Africa Programme at the Institute for Security Studies.
Rose Jackson - Senior policy adviser at the Secure Partnerships Initiative at Open Society.
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