Space Force Considered as Ethiopia Overhauls Defense Capabilities

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By Nizar Manek

Ethiopia is considering adding a space force to its defense capabilities in a process to modernize the country’s military.

The changes are part of broader political and economic reforms Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed began implementing after coming to power in April. The landlocked Horn of Africa nation, which hasn’t had direct access to the sea since Eritrea seceded a quarter of a century ago, also plans to build a naval base.

“Considering the context of modern warfare (land, air, seas, cyber and space), a defense force that can readily meet this context is in the process of being built,” Abiy’s office said in a statement emailed Thursday from the capital, Addis Ababa. Its defense-forces law has been revised to include a navy and “will in future also include Cyber Security and Space Force considerations,” according to the statement.

Ethiopia will also rewrite portions of its Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy and Strategy in force since 2002, the state-owned Ethiopian Press Agency reported Friday, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Meles Alem. The 16-year-old policy will be examined “to make it effective based on the current situation of the world and the internal Ethiopian situation,” it quoted him as saying.

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Meles didn’t respond to two calls and two text messages seeking comment.

The government is consulting other nations about establishing a naval base, the Ethiopian Herald reported, citing General Berhanu Jula, deputy chief of staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force. Abiy announced in June plans to reestablish a navy, which was disbanded in 1996, three years after Eritrea’s independence. Former sworn enemies, Ethiopia and Eritrea this year agreed a rapprochement.

“It is a strategic decision that Ethiopia has to develop maritime power within its proximity,” the paper quoted Berhanu as saying.



  1. Navy with no access to the sea is a joke. I wonder why all these media outlets that report this nonsense don’t put some effort to ask the people who talk about this where they got this idea from? This so called “space force” in a country that doesn’t feed and shelter its citizens properly is more than a joke and an insult to the Ethiopian people.

    Please stop the senseless ethnic clashes that are flaring up in every corner of the country and taking the lives of innocent people instead of talking about meaningless things like “space force”. Even the most technologically and economically advanced countries don’t have such a thing and let us not kid ourselves … stop the stupidity!

  2. As a former proud member of the Ethiopian Navy, I would like to express my opinion about the grand scheme of the current Prime Minister’s idea of re-establishing an Ethiopian Navy.

    In my humble opinion, ASSAB has never been part of Eritrea as far as I am concerned. Some people I talked to tell me that the former Prime Minister, Ato Meles Zenawi make the deal including Badme in Algers.
    OK, if memory serves me right a man named Sultan Ibrahim sold ASSAB but we got it back and therefore, Ato Meles’ agreement should be dismissed and invalid.

    My point is, how in the world you re-establish or form a Navy on a borrowed Sea. That is an absolute nonsense. Because the current premier has a support of Ethiopian people doesn’t mean he can make it happen. I think the support massaged his ego beyond his imagination. Therefore, I would say Mr. Prime Minister, come down to earth/reality.

  3. Greetings, I posted an opinion a couple of days ago and it was not published.

    You may have had technical difficulties but then again you probably did not like my comment. However, I assumed you are part of a free press.

    I could be wrong about your organization. But, I believe, regardless of what you agree or disagree, you should have published it. I am greatly disappointed. You can not suppress others’ opinion unless you are part of the state owned media outlet which was supposed to be censored. Well, I hope I am wrong but if I am not, you are a moot agency. I hope I would see a response about my displeasure. If not, I would never trust this site at all and would never visit it.

    If I happened to be wrong, my deepest apologies to you.

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