U.S. Overseas Military Presence: What Are the Strategic Choices?

U.S. Overseas Military Presence: What Are the Strategic Choices?

U.S. Overseas Military Presence: What Are the Strategic Choices?

U.S. Overseas Military Presence: What Are the Strategic Choices?

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The United States will need to design its overseas military presence for the coming decades in a way that responds to the changing international security environment and that takes into account a view on how the United States should see its future role in the world. Focusing on different perspectives on the role that overseas U.S. military presence can play in achieving global U.S. security interests, we developed alternative global postures and illustrated them with the associated U.S. Air Force bases, combat and mobility forces, active-duty personnel, and operating costs. We then used these to define critical strategic choices that policymakers will confront in defining overseas U.S. military presence.

The research reported here is the product of a fiscal year 2011 RAND Project AIR FORCE research study, “Air Power, Command of the Commons, and Global Posture.” This research was sponsored by the Deputy Director of Strategic Planning, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (HQ USAF/A8X) and was conducted in the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE.

This monograph will be of interest to policymakers across the U.S. government responsible for designing U.S. overseas military presence and to those engaged in debates over the future role of the United States overseas.

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