Some notes about the U.S. military bases and personnel abroad

Par Rémy Herrera, Joëlle Cicchini

This paper, mainly methodological in scope, aims at providing an estimation of the number of U.S. military bases and strengths at a worldwide scale. After having given a short periodization of the expansion of the U.S. military bases network, the first part presents the official statistical data disseminated by the US Department of Defense. The second one provides a critical analysis of the main limitations of data, and suggests some methodological corrections.
JEL Codes: E62, H56, P43


  • military sector
  • military bases
  • military personnel
  • defence
  • United States
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