By Crossed Crocodiles
The National Post’s Richard Johnson takes a look at the scale of America’s military bases across the globe. This is a huge graphic, you may have to click it more than once to get it big enough to read, or you may need to go to the National Post link above. There is a lot to learn from reading and studying it. It reminds me of the vampire squid.
The US is estimated to have anything from 700 military bases around the world, to more than 1000. They include everything from small drone sites on dusty foreign airfields to the sprawling Bagram air base in Afghanistan with more than 20,000 troops.
** Central Intelligence Agency locations are a mixture of drone bases and rendition centers
Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations (link)
And from The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War by Prof. Peter Dale Scott:
” … the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.”
The following graphics are by David McCandless. You can view the originals at The Guardian DataBlog.
Bases occupy the seas as well as the continents. The following is also a very large graphic picturing a lot of information.
You can read more about what is going on at Seabase Diplomacy.
You can view pictures of seabasing in action around the coasts of Africa at AFRICOM Along the Coasts and In the Creeks.
Full Spectrum Dominance, read what it means in the US, Africa, and globally.