Notes on US Bases and Military Staff Abroad

By Rémy Herrera, Joëlle Cicchini

This article, mainly methodological, aims at providing an estimation of the number of US military bases and personnel on a worldwide scale. The first part proposes a periodization of the expansion and implantation of US military bases. The second part exposes the official statistical data disseminated by the US Department of Defense. The third part analyzes in a critical way the main limitations of these data, and suggests some revisions. The fourth and last part is a complement of this study on the networks of military bases of Northern countries strategically allied with the United States.
JEL Codes: E62, H56, P43


  • military sector
  • military bases
  • military personnel
  • Defence
  • United States
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