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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

…Forward-Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous

"The United States maintains an empire of military bases throughout the world—about 800 of them in more than 70 countries. This forward-deployed military posture incurs substantial costs and disadvantages, exposing the United States to vulnerabilities and unintended consequences. The strategic justifications for overseas bases—that they deter adversaries, reassure allies, and enable rapid deployment operations—have lost much of their value and relevance in the contemporary security environment.

Problems with U.S. overseas bases include:…."
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Lion in the Stars14 Mar 2019 1:54 p.m. PST

It takes 30 days to pack up an armored or even mechanized/Stryker unit for travel, 30+days to get them across the ocean, and a minimum of 72 hours to get ready for combat at the other end.

How fast was the Crimea taken?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 6:00 p.m. PST

The stated premise is fatally flawed.

Clearly, the writer has an agenda he/she is pushing, as anyone can clearly see, just from the title of the piece.

How much more dangerous would it be for the troops and equipment not to be there, if/when things start to go bad, and/or when our enemies are emboldened by no US presence in the region(s)?

StarCruiser14 Mar 2019 6:03 p.m. PST

^ Precisely…

Someone is trying to justify massive military budget cuts.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 12:20 p.m. PST



Lion in the Stars15 Mar 2019 5:07 p.m. PST

Not to mention the treaty obligations for Japan, South Korea, and NATO. (And lots of other places, but those are the ones I know off the top of my head)

Also, want to see an arms race and massive political instability kick off?
- Have Japan suddenly responsible for it's own defense and watch every nation that suffered under the Japanese during WW2 panic.
- Have South Korea solely responsible for their own defense and watch them panic (and probably immediately get invaded by the North).
- Have Germany responsible for their own defense and watch the rest of Europe panic.

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