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The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa
Managing Editor, TomDispatch.com
The U.S. military "presence" anywhere is much more than simply a question of troop levels. Nevertheless, given that the U.S. is technically not "at war" in Africa, the more than 200 percent increase in U.S. personnel there since 2005 seems striking to me.
The Lily-Pad Strategy: How the Pentagon Is Quietly Transforming Its Overseas Base Empire
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American University
Unknown to most Americans, Washington's garrisoning of the planet is on the rise, thanks to a new generation of bases called "lily pads." These are small, secretive, inaccessible facilities with limited numbers of troops, spartan amenities, and prepositioned weaponry and supplies.
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