• Discussion about Overseas Drawdowns Unlikely to Undo Current Plans to Expand Force Levels

    Discussion about Overseas Drawdowns Unlikely to Undo Current Plans to Expand Force Levels0

    Questions over whether President Trump intends to back away from the nation’s commitment to its allies’ security around the globe, including basing tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Europe and Korea, are unlikely to reverse existing plans to increase the military’s end strength. The administration’s request to add 15,600 personnel across the four services

  • Defense Bill Would Impose Limits on European Infrastructure Consolidation0

    Congress intends to reconsider the Pentagon’s plan to downsize its European footprint in light of Russia’s aggressive stance toward the West. The final version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill calls for DOD to craft a strategy for stationing more troops in Europe on a permanent basis, an effort that will require officials to assess the capacity of existing locations and potential new sites, and to reevaluate locations slated to be divested under the European Infrastructure Consolidation initiative …

  • Overseas Bases Remain a Good Value, O’Hanlon Responds0

    To the extent that DOD’s overseas bases provide deterrence and, in some regions, a quick-response capability in the event of a foreign crisis, the nation’s overseas bases are a bargain, says Michael O’Hanlon, co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. O’Hanlon’s blog post came in response to an op-ed from American University Professor David Vine earlier this week claiming the Defense Department maintains a vast array of overseas bases that waste money and harm the nation’s interests. Only a small fraction of DOD’s 600 military bases located abroad are major operational bases. For instance, the Air Force has only 16 overseas bases with major runways and associated infrastructure, O’Hanlon notes. And the cost of maintaining the nation’s overseas bases is an order of magnitude less expensive than the $85 billion figure cited by Vine …