A New String Of U.S. Military Bases Abroad? | On Point

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fields an audience question after addressing a cross-service corps of U.S. service members stationed at Camp Lemonnier – the only U.S. military base in Africa – during a visit to Djibouti, Djibouti, on May 6, 2015. [State Department photo/
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December 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM
The Pentagon has proposed a new string of military bases in Africa and the Middle East. We’ll look at what’s on the table, and where it would take the U.S. Military.

The U.S. military has bases in a lot of places around the world. It wants more. It wants to build up a new string of bases in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa. In part to go after ISIS. Americans know well that U.S. troops are in Germany, Japan, South Korea. They are well-beyond too, in Bulgaria, Djibouti, Kenya, Qatar. Now the Pentagon is proposing new light-footprint bases in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kurdistan, Ethiopia and more. This hour On Point, we’ll look at the Pentagon’s new challenges and new dreams of more American military bases around the world.

— Tom Ashbrook


Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent for the New York Times. Author of “The Way of the Knife.” (@MarkMazzettiNYT)

Vikram Singh, vice president of national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress. Former deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia and former special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. (@VJS_Policy)

David Vine, professor of anthropology at American University. Author of “Base Nation.” (@davidsvine)

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