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Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy

David Vine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
David Vine

Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a "new" and "enduring" system of military bases around the Middle East.

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

Nick Turse | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

America's most elite troops -- Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, among others -- and odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don't hit water, they've been there sometime in 2015.

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

David Vine | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics
David Vine

With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe.

Pentagon Says Security Level Has Been Raised At Its U.S. Bases

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. military has ordered an increase in security at its bases around the United States for the first time in near...

Is Japan's Prime Minister the Next Putin?

John Feffer | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Abe is the front man for a Japanese political faction that wants to purge the country of its lingering pacifism so as to reorder East Asia with a militarily powerful Japan at its center.

The 15 Most Amazing Places Uncle Sam Could Send You

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

Did you know the U.S. military maintains roughly 1,000 military installations around the world? That includes almost 200 installations in Germany, rou...

Pay Off $1 Trillion in Student Loans by Closing Overseas Military Bases

Munir Moon | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

There's a fiscally responsible way for us to do for deserving college grads what we did for Wall Street and big business.

Swords and Ploughshares in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, East Germany had to handle the delicate issue of the withdrawal of Soviet troops. This was no small question. There were 380,000 Soviet troops stranded by the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany.

Another Request On Military Bases Hits Dead End

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Another round of military base closings has hit a dead end. The Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee on Tuesday approved l...

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

David Vine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
David Vine

It's long past time our country acknowledges its responsibility for the Chagossians' exile and ensures these demands are met. Especially compared to the billions we've spent on Diego Garcia, it would take pennies to help repair the lives of those who've suffered for the base.

Securing Peace in Afghanistan After US Withdrawal

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

Afghans have resisted foreign troops from antiquity until the present at an enormous cost of lives and wealth. The current resistance is no exception. The critical question, especially for Afghans, to consider is the issue of peace and war following the withdrawal of foreign troops.

America's Invisible Empire of Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

You can watch our TV news for months and not have the slightest clue that we are the most militarized of global landlords and that this is the face we present to much of the world.

Where Has All the Money Gone?

David Vine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
David Vine

Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon's baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited -- financially, politically, and professionally -- from the giant overseas presence.

Defense Budget Maps Out Unpopular Cuts

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

(Reuters) - The Pentagon offered up a $526.6 billion budget on Wednesday that calls for closing bases, slashing the civilian workforce and scrapping w...

House Lawmakers Question Officials On Military Base Closings

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers said Thursday they are opposed to a new round of military base closings in the United States and challenged Defense...

Pulling Back From the 'Military Cliff'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

With the so-called fiscal cliff now eternally on the media horizon, there's been reporting recently on how your tax dollars are being spent, but do you have the faintest idea what it actually costs you to garrison the globe?

Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

David Vine | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
David Vine

How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? How much does it spend on its global presence?

The Lily-Pad Strategy: How the Pentagon Is Quietly Transforming Its Overseas Base Empire

David Vine | Posted 09.15.2012 | World
David Vine

Unknown to most Americans, Washington's garrisoning of the planet is on the rise, thanks to a new generation of bases called "lily pads." These are small, secretive, inaccessible facilities with limited numbers of troops, spartan amenities, and prepositioned weaponry and supplies.

Architects of Change

John Feffer | Posted 02.19.2012 | World
John Feffer

More than a decade ago, I sat down with the head of the academy of architecture in Pyongyang. There was one element missing from their architecture program: North Korean builders paid virtually no attention to energy efficiency

Makeover of New Orleans Naval Complex Slated for 2013

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

After a string of natural and man-made catastrophes, New Orleans has become a spot to share expertise on flooding, wind, spilled oil and any other grief that comes down the pike.

U.S. Military Undermined By Environmental Change

Cleo Paskal | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Cleo Paskal

Across the U.S., critical military installations are being put at risk by environmental change.

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Pressure is building on the Obama administration to delay a proposed arms sale to Bahrain, which brutally suppressed its pro-democracy movement and continues to squash dissent.

Dan Froomkin

The Great Iraqi Giveaway: Billions In Bases, Equipment Being Handed Over | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad da...

As Central Asia Fragments, Could English Be the Answer?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 11.15.2011 | World
Cleo Paskal

On Christmas Day, 1991, five new countries were born. This year Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan turn 20. A lot has changed.

Let Guam Decide Its Own Fate

Jim Haw | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green
Jim Haw

The Pentagon wants to convert an American tropical paradise in the western Pacific into a military strip mall. And the people who live on the island lack the legal standing to resist the environmental disaster heading their way.