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At Least Seven Hundred Foreign Bases

It's not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and HAS another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories. Pentagon bureaucrats calculate that it would require at least $113.2 billion to replace just the foreign bases -- surely far too low a figure but still larger than the gross domestic product of most countries -- and an estimated $591,519.8 million to replace all of them. The military high command deploys to our overseas bases some 253,288 uniformed personnel, plus an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employs an additional 44,446 locally hired foreigners. The Pentagon claims that these bases contain 44,870 barracks, hangars, hospitals, and other buildings, which it owns, and that it leases 4,844 more.

These numbers, although staggeringly large, do not begin to cover all the actual bases we occupy globally. The 2003 Base Status Report fails to mention, for instance, any garrisons in Kosovo -- even though it is the site of the huge Camp Bondsteel, built in 1999 and maintained ever since by Kellogg, Brown & Root. The Report similarly omits bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, and Uzbekistan, although the U.S. military has established colossal base structures throughout the so-called arc of instability in the two-and-a-half years since 9/11.

For Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan, which has been an American military colony for the past 58 years, the report deceptively lists only one Marine base, Camp Butler, when in fact Okinawa "hosts" ten Marine Corps bases, including Marine Corps Air Station Futenma occupying 1,186 acres in the center of that modest-sized island's second largest city. (Manhattan's Central Park, by contrast, is only 843 acres.) The Pentagon similarly fails to note all of the $5- billion-worth of military and espionage installations in Britain, which have long been conveniently disguised as Royal Air Force bases. If there were an honest count, the actual size of our military empire would probably top 1,000 different bases in other people's countries, but no one -- possibly not even the Pentagon -- knows the exact number for sure, although it has been distinctly on the rise in recent years. logo
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At home, the threat to U.S. military installations is evident. A 2011 U.S. Navy report found that a three-foot rise in sea level would endanger 128 DOD installations, valued collectively at around $100 billion. A further study by the Union of Concerned Scientists delved deeper into the future of 18 bases which ...

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"There is no way that I could condone his participation, and his comments on how he wants to reduce the burden of the US military bases in Okinawa are ... construction of two new runways on reclaimed land in the bay, so the facility can take over the functions of the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station.
The central government is considering regulating the use of drones above U.S. military facilities in the country, following a request by U.S. forces overseeing the Asia-Pacific region, a government source said Wednesday. Japan has a law that bans drones from being flown over key facilities such as the ...
U.S. Forces Korea is warning service members on the peninsula to stay alert to potential insider threats after North Korean propaganda appeared on American bases. The 8th army reported that propaganda leaflets were discovered at Seoul's Yongsan Garrison Thursday, shortly after a North Korean soldier ...
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Diego Garcia, a low-lying atoll in the Indian Ocean, is a critical hub for the U.S. Air Force. With an average elevation of about ... Naval Station Norfolk, the navy's largest base, already experiences regular tidal flooding that can block roads and parking lots and shut some of its piers. A 2014 report by the army ...
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Base Rates: U.S. military bases by Rates of Sexual Assault Reports Filed ... (The Air Force and army weighed in at only a few points apart, both in the mid-fives per 1,000.) For 2015, navy and Marines were in the same spots -- highest and lowest rates -- and Air Force and Army switched rankings.
The U.S. Army has removed security cameras manufactured by a company largely owned by the Chinese government from a military base in Missouri, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The move came after The Journal reported on the prevalence of devices made by Hikvision. The Chinese ...

At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, commanders from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, the "Stingers" of Marine Light Attack ... As wildfires began to sweep Ventura County, the California Army National Guard activated the 670th Military police Co. of National City, but the unit had yet ...
A small cylindrical object fell on the tin roof of a preschool on the Japanese island of Okinawa soon after a U.S. military helicopter flew over on Thursday ... "We take this report very seriously and are investigating this incident, working closely with local authorities," the U.S. Marine Corps, whose air base is ...
Base Rates: U.S. military bases by Rates of Sexual Assault Reports Filed ... (The Air Force and army weighed in at only a few points apart, both in the mid-fives per 1,000.) For 2015, navy and Marines were in the same spots -- highest and lowest rates -- and Air Force and Army switched rankings.
Camp Humphreys is located about 40 miles south of Seoul, in South Korea. It's the largest overseas US military base in the world. Despite being only 60 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North Korea from South Korea, soldiers and their families live relatively normal lives, with schools, ...
A US Army base worker has been jailed for life for rape and murder in Okinawa, in a case that sparked anti-US protests in Japan. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato was ... Shinzato was a former US Marine who worked as a civilian contractor at the Kadena air base in Okinawa. He was accused of attacking and ...
London -- Egypt, in what appeared to be a snub to the Trump administration, has reached a preliminary agreement to allow Russian military jets to use ... an aggressive air campaign in Syria that has fortified Mr. Assad, cementing his position as a client of Moscow and protecting a Russian naval base on ...
From the base, known as the Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap, the United States ... Without clearance, the only way to see Pine Gap is by air, or by ... to the United States' global military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
China Grants Economic Aid to Djibouti, Site of Overseas military base ... 1, the 90th birthday of the People's Liberation army. Djibouti also hosts large U.S. and French bases. ... The base will be used to resupply navy ships participating in peacekeeping, humanitarian and anti-piracy missions off the coasts ...
Despite being deployed to warzones, large military bases will usually hold a Thanksgiving feast for the soldiers, such as this one in Camp ...
On a pine-studded base along the Oregon coast, military units from two ... commander of Hawaii-based US Army Pacific, said on Sunday, the ...
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) -- Flights at an Air Force base near the Texas-Mexico border have been grounded through the Thanksgiving weekend ...
Members of the U.S. Navy welcome aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan at the US navy base in Yokosuka, Japan, on Oct. 1, 2015. ... Restituto Padilla said his military alerted its ships and aircraft shortly after learning about the ... to increase defensive readiness and interoperability in air and sea operations.
The U.S. military has ordered its troops stationed in Japan to remain on their bases and to forgo drinking alcohol in response to a deadly crash reportedly caused by a drunk-driving Marine. Okinawa ... "Effectively immediately, U.S. service members on Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences.
Tech Sgt. Joe Joiner, 16th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, guides a member of the 78th logistics Readiness Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, ...
The funding, included in the Pentagon budget passed by Congress last week, highlights the growing importance of Jordan as the U.S. military ...
CHINESE bombers and spy planes have flown over US military bases located in Japan in ... The move from China comes as the US and Japanese armies ... Recent drills over South Korea by two US strategic bombers have ... the Chinese people's Liberation Army honour guard during a welcome ceremony ...
The military is working with a US company that specializes in satellite ... Argentina's Patagonia region and nearly midway between the bases. ... for Mass at a navy base in Mar del Plata, where they prayed for their safe return.
U.S. military on Okinawa confined to bases after fatal crash ... and restricted to base or their off-base residences after a crash involving a Marine ...
US Army Reserve One-hundred US Army reservists are sworn-in after reenlisting for duty in front of the US Capitol as part of the US army ...
The electrical utility bucket trucks are among the more than 300 vehicles staged Tuesday for loading onto the U.S. Navy cargo ship Brittin ...
Shocking UFO sighting above US Navy base in the California desert ... the desert near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California ... He also claimed he saw the silver UFO while a number of military ..... Robert MugabeZimbabwe army chief claims Robert Mugabe is "safe and sound" as military ...
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys is, in fact, in Pyeongtaek, 40 miles south .... whom Pyeongtaek's bases -- USAG Humphreys and Osan Air Base ...
war Games: U.S. military and South Korea Direct warships Near North ... The South Korean military will join a rare U.S. Navy exercise off the coast of the ... through air operations, air artillery strikes and aircraft carrier escorts. ... the coast of the U.S. territory of Guam, which hosts two U.S. military bases and is ...
(CNN) A retired navy veteran was arrested Wednesday in the kidnapping ... two months ago from a military base in Virginia, the Justice Department said. ... thought to be homeless and lived in different locations "on and off naval bases. ... Brown made an initial appearance Wednesday before US Magistrate ...
Former U.S. Marine Rick Derrig says he's disappointed in his ... drank contaminated water for years on a U.S. military base in North Carolina.
Trump Visits Largest U.S. military Overseas Base and Boasts He Could ... the American delegation as the Marine One landed Tuesday morning in ... 40 miles south of Seoul, where the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys base has ...
It has become something of a ritual for U.S. presidents trying to ... House briefing that Trump will instead be visiting Camp Humphreys, a military base ... also known as United States Army Garrison-Humphreys, at the invitation ...
Now, as tensions with North Korea escalate, the U.S. military is ... launches missiles, the airmen at Buckley Air Force base in Colorado are the ...
Top Senators Didn't Know Military Was in Niger ... But the U.S. military has been in Niger since 2013 and this wasn't a secret. ... It has a permanent military base in Djibouti and is building a major drone base in the ... In May, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed during an operation against Al-Shabab in Somalia.
Base spokesman says domestic dispute suspected after gunshots fired ... (AP) -- A military base spokesman says gunshots fired on an army ...
U.S. military: See where West Michigan residents are making their mark ... Bahrain navy base, forward-deployed to the Arabian gulf in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. ... Marine Parker Kilbourne, a 2014 East Grand Rapids High graduate, was ... U.S. Air Force Airman Devaun A. Sims, a 2016 Pine River High ...
Rex Tillerson Pays secret Visit to U.S. Air Base in Afghanistan OCT. ... digital clock showing "Zulu time" -- the military term for Coordinated ...
The U.S. Air Force has announced that it will send its version of the advanced F-35 stealth fighter jet to Okinawa's Kadena Air Base next month in ... first to the region of the air force's version, the Marine Corps has had its F-35B ... missiles that month were a rehearsal for striking U.S. military bases in Japan.



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