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US Military Bases

Not Noticing American Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Is it that a genuine acknowledgement of the existence of a vast network of global garrisons would lead to uncomfortable conclusions about the imperial nature of this country? I'm not sure myself. That they remain largely surrounded by an accepted and acceptable silence, however, continues to be an American reality.

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With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S.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

The Truth About Diego Garcia

David Vine | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
David Vine

The truth about the U.S. military base on the British-controlled Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia is often hard to believe. It would be easy enough to confuse the real story with fictional accounts of the island found in the Transformers movies, on the television series 24, and in Internet conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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...

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

Nick Turse | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.

U.S. Aid and Human Rights Violations in Philippines

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

By Vanessa Lucas and Azadeh Shahshahani On December 10, Filipinos held rallies in key cities around the country to commemorate Human Rights Day and b...

Afghanistan Exit Strategy: How Bilateral Is the Security Agreement

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

All parties in this conflict including the U.S., Afghan, and Pakistani governments and their battlefield adversaries are complicit in undermining peace.

The Italian Job

David Vine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David Vine

The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center for U.S. military power.

The Side Of Hawaii You Probably Won't See From Your Resort (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 09.26.2013 | Travel

Hawaii is full of tourists, sea turtles ... and soldiers? Hawaii might be best known for luxurious resorts, beach-side weddings and wildlife, but did ...

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.

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?

How Hawkish Are Americans?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Americans favor a less militarized U.S. government approach to world affairs than currently exists. Perhaps the time has come for politicians to catch up with them!

The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
Nick Turse

The U.S. military "presence" anywhere is much more than simply a question of troop levels. Nevertheless, given that the U.S. is technically not "at war" in Africa, the more than 200 percent increase in U.S. personnel there since 2005 seems striking to me.

The Geopolitics of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Beyond the spectacle of the presidential race, the Washington consensus pursues business as usual. This is the season in which I wonder, with an ever-intensifying sense of urgency, what it would take to turn our political system into a democracy.

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.

Breaking Down Bases

John Feffer | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
John Feffer

Our elected representatives are desperate to find cuts in military spending that won't lead to job loss among their constituents. One cut would not compromise employment at home: U.S. overseas bases.

Laura Stampler

Divorce Rate For Women In Military Double That Of Men | Laura Stampler | Posted 06.12.2011 | Divorce

When naval officer Amanda Smith was deployed to Kuwait in August of 2009, her job was to find holes in existing military medical programs and fix them...

Does the Pentagon Really Have 1,180 Foreign Bases?

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Turse

In a world of statistics and precision, a world in which accountability is now a Washington buzzword, a world where all information is available at the click of a mouse, there's one number no American knows.

US Military Plans MASSIVE 'Super Base' In Guam

The Telegraph | Praveen Swami, Diplomatic Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The US is building an £8 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam in an attempt to contain China's military build-up. The expans...

Controversial U.S. Military Bases Not In Iraq Or Afghanistan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK, Thailand -- If you spin a globe and randomly point to a country, there's a one-in-five chance the U.S. military runs a piece of the nation un...

FBI, Pentagon Beefing Up Military Base Security

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon is taking new steps to beef up security and surveillance p...

US Bases Abroad Trigger Suicide Terrorism: Are There Other Options?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Can it be that American military bases abroad, usually thought of as "stabilizers" in tough neighborhoods, are really the primary cause of radical terrorism against the US and its allies?