Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. Recently, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, Michael Battle, and the Commander of United States Africa Command, General Michael Langley, presided over the inauguration of a partnership cornerstone at the Tanzania Defense Intelligence College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The cornerstone was laid at the site of a 3.8 billion Tanzanian shillings. U.S. and Tanzanian construction project providing a housing block for instructors and students at the intelligence college. The ceremony was attended by the commandants of the Tanzanian National Defense and Intelligence Colleges, Major General Wilbert Ibuge and Brigadier General Furahisha Ntahena.
As Tanzania remains a strategic partner to the United States and its regional allies, the Tanzania People’s Defense Force continues to shine as a regional security exporter. With Tanzania supporting Peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, its growing participation requires a professional and capable defense intelligence cadre. The Tanzanian Defense Intelligence College is the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces’ premier strategic intelligence school and has been the focus of U.S. security assistance since its inception in 2014.
In addition to the construction of the main administrative and lecture building, the U.S. Army’s Southern European Task Force – Africa has aided with instructor and institutional development projects amounting to over 3.1 billion Tanzanian shillings over the next two years, bringing total U.S. investment in the college to nearly 16.3 billion Tanzanian shillings. This event marks a continuation in the long bilateral military relationship between the two countries, adding up to over 7.5 billion Tanzanian shillings annually in training, equipment, and other support. Construction for the housing block is expected to begin in 2024.