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COL Daniel W. Henk

External Researcher

DANIEL W. HENK serves at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Ethics. He was raised in central Africa by missionary parents. Dr. Henk served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, retiring in 1999 at the rank of colonel. His military service included staff and leadership positions at tactical, theater, and national levels. During his military career, he held multiple Africa-related assignments, including service as U.S. Defense Attaché in Zimbabwe with diplomatic accreditation as Army Attaché to Botswana, Zambia, and Tanzania. He taught at the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, at the Army War College where he served as Director of African Studies, and at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies where he was Chair of the Department of Security Studies. Dr. Henk is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, performing his doctoral research in a mining community in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has conducted research throughout Africa on security issues, and lectures frequently to government, academic and professional organizations on issues related to Africa and U.S. foreign policy towards Africa. He co-authored the 1997 SSI study The United States and the Transformation of African Security: The African Crisis Response Initiative and Beyond.

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SSI books and monographs by COL Daniel W. Henk

  • Funding Defense: Challenges of Buying Military Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa

    September 01, 2001

    Authored by Dr. Martin Revayi Rupiya, COL Daniel W. Henk.
    Martin Rupiya, Director of the University of Zimbabwe's Centre for Defence Studies, and Daniel Henk of the Air War College provide one of the first comprehensive studies of defense budgeting practices in Africa. They assess both the problems with these practices and fruitful avenues of reform. By doing so, they provide a solid roadmap both for African leaders and for Americans concerned with the development of greater security in the region.

  • The United States and the Transformation of African Security: The African Crisis Response Initiative and Beyond

    December 01, 1997

    Authored by COL Daniel W. Henk, Dr. Steven Metz.
    Helping Africans develop a capability to avoid or solve their region's security problems has reemerged recently as an important goal of American strategy, and the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI) is its centerpiece. Based on their testimony presented to the Africa Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations, this study by Dr. Steven Metz and Colonel Dan Henk of the U.S. Army War College examines the ACRI. Significantly, it does so by placing the ACRI in a wider, long-term strategic context.