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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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Congress reacted Thursday to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, meanwhile, said it had begun ...

American forces operate from two Iraqi bases in the western part of the country: one outside Qaim and the larger, established Asad air base, which is used as the logistics center and resupply hub for Qaim. American forces do not routinely conduct their own missions on Iraqi soil, according to American ...
In this Jan. 31, 2018, photo, a mother whose daughter said she was sexually assaulted during first grade by a classmate at their elementary school on a U.S. military base in Germany stands in her daughter's bedroom at their new home in Colorado. The Associated Press is not identifying the girl's mother or ...

In this Jan. 31, 2018, photo, a mother whose daughter said she was sexually assaulted during first grade by a classmate at their elementary school on a U.S. military base in Germany stands in her daughter's bedroom at their new home in Colorado. The Associated Press is not identifying the girl's mother or ...
When the children of U.S. service members sexually assault one another on a military base there often is no justice. ... Since the start of 2007, Army criminal investigators at Kentucky's Fort Knox concluded that nine juvenile sex assault and rape cases were credible, AP found, and Hardin County court ...
On a U.S. Army base in Germany, Leandra Mulla told investigators that her teenage ex-boyfriend dragged her to a secluded area and thrust his hand .... reluctance to prosecute is clear in an AP analysis of about 100 juvenile-on-juvenile sex assault investigations on Navy and Marine Corps bases over the ...
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle taxis the runway at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. For the past several years, Incirlik Air Base has been a strategic linchpin in the bombing campaign against the Islamic State. (Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams/Air Force). Friction between the United States and Turkey may be scaling ...
Cargo is off loaded from a US Air Force C-130 Hercules at an undisclosed location in Syria on February 06, 2018. ... ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The US military has up to 20 bases on Syrian territories controlled by Kurdish forces, an official from the Russian Security Council has claimed, according to ...
Chinese state-owned media claims to have broadcasted never-seen-before footage of three of its DF-10 cruise missiles firing in rapid succession this week. Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece The People's Daily tweeted the video of the 'long sword' missiles being fired from a rolling missile launcher ...
The United States has set up around 20 military bases in Syria on territory controlled by the Kurds, an official from Russia's Security Council said on Thursday, the RIA news agency ... According to the report, members of the Iran Revolutionary Guard's special operations Quds Force are operating the base.
Eleven people are sick and three in hospital after a suspicious letter was sent to a military base just outside Washington DC. The sick came down with ... The building has been evacuated and according to tweets from the US Marine Corps, the letter contained an "unknown substance". "Base officials are ...
The wildfire prompted the U.S. military to evacuate about 300 of the 5,500 people living at the base. Ripley said it also set off several explosions from land mines in Cuban territory on the perimeter of the base. There were no injuries and all personnel were permitted back in their homes Friday. Guantanamo ...
A growing number of U.S. military sites are being damaged by sea level rise fueled by climate change, and that will threaten the military's ability to protect vital ... The report spotlights flooding and erosion risks to installations as diverse as the Marine Corps' boot camp at Parris Island in South Carolina, the ...
The Military Sealift Command expeditionary mobile base USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) departs Naval Station Norfolk to begin its first operational ... Star Family Memorial at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, on Sept. 28, 2017. US Air Force photo.

The Japanese government is taking steps to discourage people from flying drones above US military facilities. Under current civil aviation law, no drone flights are allowed in densely populated areas and near airports. Drone flights are not prohibited at many of the US military installations in Japan.
About 60 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the US designed a network of top-secret mobile nuclear launch sites buried in the Greenland ice ... is author of a new paper in Global Environmental politics that views the impact of climate change on military bases as not just an environmental problem, but ...
The effects of climate change on an abandoned U.S. nuclear project in Greenland could create not just environmental problems, but also disrupt military politics and spur diplomatic conflicts. My new article in Global Environmental Politics finds that climate change will eventually expose toxic waste, long ...
This week, the U.S. Navy released its 30-year shipbuilding plan for Congress, including long-term options for achieving its fleet size target of 355. In a statement, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations said that the plan serves as a road map to reach this target by the early 2050s, after the period covered.
Islamabad, Pakistan -- At least 11 soldiers, including an army captain, were killed and 13 others were injured Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a highly ... The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the deadliest against the military in recent years.
Once more, the administration of President Trump seems puzzled about how seriously - if at all - it should regard how climate effects strike US military abilities. In December the president listed the global threats he reckoned the US was facing - and climate change didn't get a mention. Now, though, the ...
An independent newcomer backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government defeated the anti-U.S. base incumbent in the Nago mayoral election Sunday, ... a crucial test for Onaga who was elected in November 2014 on a platform of opposing the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
"This is a really tight-knit community and if you asked their personal feelings, I don't think anyone would say they want the US base to be enlarged," said Hideko Otake, who is involved in the campaign against the development of the US Marine Corps' Camp Schwab. "But equally, there are a lot of ...
Bright lines on a "Global Heatmap" published online by a popular fitness app show plenty of people working out inside U.S. bases near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. They're a sharp contrast to the expanse of black on the map to the north. Communists, it seems, don't often wear fitness trackers outside of ...
Discussing his findings on twitter, Ruser pointed out that the map revealed the apparent locations of secret military bases owned by the US and other ... I even found a base I didn't know about, just outside of Arlit--and Nigerien troops aren't jogging around with Fitbits.
Officer Kristopher Evers, a military working dog handler, detains a simulated victim with his dog, Diego, during a night exercise at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 24, 2017. The K-9 unit continuously works to improve mission readiness with realistic training exercises that encompass tracking, escorting, ...
David Vine, author of Base Nation: How U.S. military bases Overseas Harm America and the World, reported that only 11 other countries have bases in foreign countries, some 70 altogether. Russia has an estimated 26 to 40 in nine countries, mostly former Soviet Republics, as well as in Syria and Vietnam; ...
In an effort to deepen ties with U.S. military, Qatar's defense minister has laid out plans that would allow the U.S, navy to base warships there and allow American ... Unlike U.S. bases in Germany and Japan, families do not live at the base, and most airmen there are considered temporarily deployed.
Nearly half of US military sites are threatened by wild weather linked to climate change, according to a new Pentagon study whose findings run contrary to White House views on global warming. drought, wind and flooding that occurs due to reasons other than storms topped the list of natural disasters that ...
Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company. ... Nevada - the US Air Force base commonly known as Area 51 - records a lone cyclist taking a ride from the base along the west edge of Groom Lake, ...
(WMTV) - The body of a U.S. Marine who was murdered on base in California returned to his home in Wisconsin Friday night. ... Members of the military, law enforcement, and fire departments welcomed home the body of private first class Ethan Barclay-Weberpal at General Mitchell International Airport in ...
Combat was so intense that the Khe Sanh Combat Base was completely surrounded and cut off, leaving the only way to resupply the base by air. There are still debates about the true number of casualties, but estimates range that 1,000 to 3,500 US soldiers died, and a secret report from the US military Assistance ...
Today there are more than 1,300 U.S. military and civilian employees, dwarfing the population of 300 persons at the Honduran Air Force Academy. Also since the coup, the U.S. military has built a base at Catarasca in Honduras' Mosquitia region, and in Guanaja, the U.S. Navy has built a facility for the ...
NASA and the navy are conducting tests on the replica spacecraft and the hardware that will eventually be used to recover Orion upon its return from its first unmanned flight atop the Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 in 2019. Next week, crews will be at sea aboard San Diego's USS ...
David Vine, author of Base Nation: How U.S. military bases Overseas Harm America and the World, reported that only 11 other countries have bases in foreign countries, some 70 altogether. Russia has an estimated 26 to 40 in nine countries, mostly former Soviet Republics, as well as in Syria and Vietnam; ...
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 ...
A U.S. Marine with ties to Rock County was stabbed to death Tuesday at a California military base, according to online posts and media reports. Marine Pfc Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, 18, was killed by another Marine at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, according to a facebook post Wednesday by his ...
And while she may look like a commercial cargo ship, the navy's new vessel is also one of the most useful ships in the entire U.S. military. Called an ... RORO vessels packed with army and Marine Corps gear can sidle up to the Woody Williams and transfer the gear to the floating sea base. From there ...
THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) -- Recent missile threats to the United States have the military looking up to its northern most installation, Thule Air Base, ... Throughout this time the army Corps, under extreme Arctic weather conditions, has helped the base fulfill this mission by constructing structures ...
Three B-2 bombers are now positioned in Guam, a US territory with military bases only 2,200 miles away from country. ... The Air Force also sent six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Guam. ... The navy says it's for a regularly scheduled deployment, but North Korea may still find the move threatening.
US military base cost US$800 million and is part of the NATO missile shield - but they didn't count on this herd of hungry Romanian sheep ... for continued operations at Naval Support Facility Deveselu," said Lieutenant Tim Pietrack, spokesman for the US Navy's Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia region.
A picture taken on January 15, 2018 shows sheep in a field nearby U.S. Naval Support Facility Deveselu, which hosts an anti-missile shield in the village of Stoenesti, southern Romania. Upon moving into the Romanian military base, a navy spokesperson said the U.S. had insisted a barrier be put in place ...
Beirut ― A military bases race is underway between Russia and the U.S. as each nation seeks to expand its presence in Syria and counter asymmetric ... U.S. and Israeli officers broke ground in Israel on Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of U.S. soldiers, operating under the ...
"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 ...
London -- An air base in England that is used by the United States Air Force was put on lockdown on Monday after American military personnel responded with gunfire to an intruder who tried to force his way through a checkpoint. a suspect, who has not been publicly identified, had cuts and bruises and ...
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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