Do We Need Military Bases in Every Country?

These are all the countries where the US has a military presence — Quartz
These are all the countries where the US has a military presence.

We have military bases all over the world with troops in each of these bases. This is costing 100’s of billions of dollars. My question is, why? We have the quick strike capabilities to quickly move large amounts of troops anywhere in the world. In most cases tanks are not indicated, so weight issues have been reduced substantially. We have 10 aircraft carrier fleets located throughout the oceans of the world and we have nuclear subs with intercontinental ballistic missiles that are stationed also throughout our oceans. So without a doubt we can quickly do some serious damage to any country in the world. I believe we can be much more efficient in our military base deployment, thereby reducing the number of our troops deployed world-wide, and decrease the costs of maintaining all these bases. I am sure we are leasing the land from these countries and are paying a substantial amount of money to do so.

My plan is to just put one base in each continent, located strategically as feasible. Keep say about 40-50,000 troops at each base. Have your full contingent of planes, helicopters, and armored vehicles that are indicated. What is different is that each base would have enough C-5M Super Galaxy cargo planes* to name one, to airlift troops quickly to any country in that continent. Because you have fewer bases, located in safer regions, families can be stationed with the troops. You can also develop better services for the troops, you would basically have small cities. By making these bases like a little slice of home, you would reduce the fatigue that is usually associated with overseas postings.

With my proposal you would have a military presence strategically located throughout the world. These forces would act as a deterrent to those countries antagonistic to America and our allies.

Resources:

airforce-technology.com, “The world’s biggest military transport aircraft,”By editors:

Addendum:

*C-5M Super Galaxy

The C-5M Super Galaxy, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is the biggest military transport aircraft used by the US Air Force (USAF). It is an improved version of the C-5 Galaxy strategic airlifter and can take-off with a maximum weight of 381t, including a payload of 129,274kg. The C-5M can transport a typical load of six Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles or five helicopters.

The first C-5 Galaxy entered service with the USAF in 1970 while the C-5M was inducted in 2009. The 75.5m-long, 19.8m-high C-5M allows for quick loading/unloading from the front and rear simultaneously.

The C-5M Super Galaxy can fly at a normal cruise speed of 518mph (0.77 Mach) for a maximum range of 7,000nmi. The power-plant comprises four GE CF-80C2 turbofans generating a thrust of 50,580lb (225kN) each.

KC-10 Extender

The KC-10 Extender is a tanker and cargo aircraft in service with the US Airforce and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 267.6t while its cargo and fuel load capacities are 77t and 161t, respectively.

Designed primarily for aerial refuelling, the aircraft can perform the missions of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refuelling fighters and can simultaneously carry support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.

The KC-10 Extender is powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines, which produce a thrust of 52,500lb (233.5kN) each. The power plant ensures a maximum speed of 996km/h and a range of 7,081km with cargo and 18,507km without cargo.

C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 Globemaster III is a high-wing, military-transport aircraft developed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) for the US Air Force. It is capable of transporting heavy, oversized payloads and supplies, as well as troops to small airfields in remote areas day and night. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 265.3t and payload capacity of 74,797kg.

The first C-17 aircraft was inducted into USAF service in January 1995. Boeing has delivered more than 259 C-17s to 36 export customers to date. The aircraft provided support during Operation Joint Endeavor and Allied Operation in Kosovo.

The aircraft is fitted with four Pratt & Whitney PW2040 turbofan engines, which develop a thrust of 40,440lbf (180kN) each to enable a cruise speed of 833.6km/h (0.77 Mach). The maximum range with 18.1t (40,000lb) payload is 10,390km (5,610nmi), which can be increased with in-flight refuelling.

A330 MRTT

The A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport), built on the basis of the A330 commercial airliner, is a new-generation aircraft from Airbus Military for military transport and air-to-air refuelling missions. The MRTT has a maximum take-off weight of 233t making it suitable for dedicated transport missions involving payloads weighing up to 45t.

The maiden flight of A330 MRTT was held in June 2007, and 37 aircraft were operational with seven international air forces as of May 2019.

The aircraft can be powered by two General Electric CF6-80E1A3, Rolls-Royce Trent 772B or Pratt & Whitney PW 4168A turbofans. The maximum cruise speed (TAS) and ferry range are 1,018km/h (Mach 0.86) and 14,800km (8,000nmi), respectively.

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