Empire of Bases 2.0

The United States has 460 bases overseas! It has 507 permanent bases! What is the US doing with more than 560 foreign bases? Why does it have 662 bases abroad? Does the United States really have more than 1,000 military bases across the globe?

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. Not the president. Not the Pentagon. Not the experts. No one. 

The man who wrote the definitive book on it didn't know for sure. The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist didn't even come close. Yours truly has written numerous articles on US military bases and even part of a book on the subject, but failed like the rest... 

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Tags: army bases, department of defense, foreign military bases, military bases, pentagon, us military

    • Nick Turse
    • Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of The Nation Institute's TomDispatch. He is the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives and the editor of The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Turse was the recipient of a...

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