Withdrawing from Overseas Bases: Why a Forward‐​Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous

Featuring John Glaser

The United States maintains a veritable 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. Read the Policy Analysis: Withdrawing from Overseas Bases: Why a Forward‐​Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous