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Military Expansion

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.