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Key military outposts

Key military outposts

In our list this week, Daniel Widome looks at six key military bases for the U.S. military.

They are: Andersen, Balad, Bezmer, Diego Garcia, Guantánamo, and Manas (pictured to the right).

One interesting nugget is that we’re moving toward light bases in Eastern Europe, such as Bezmer in Bulgaria. I couldn’t track down a photo for it because it is so low-key. Here’s Daniel’s take:

Compared to U.S. bases in “old” Europe, Bezmer and its Eastern European equivalents are cheaper to operate and closer to potential hot spots in the Middle East and Central Asia. In times of conflict, the military will use these facilities to “surge” men and materiel toward the front lines. The hope is that former-Soviet bloc host countries will be more amenable to U.S. bases than other hosts in “old” Europe and be less likely to block their use in a time of conflict.