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US Military Expansion and Intervention

2008 | 2007 | 2006


The World with Commanders' Areas of Responsibility (December 17, 2008)

This map shows the world divided into military zones under US command. This map includes USAFRICOM, the new regional command responsible for US military operations in 53 African nations. (US Department of Defense).

Map of Global US Military Bases (October 30, 2008)

This map shows the location of US military bases scattered around the world in 2007. The US has over 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilian employees dispatched in 909 military facilities in 46 countries. The military owns or rents 795,000 acres of land, and 26,000 buildings valued at USD$146 billion excluding Iraq and Afghanistan. (US Department of Defense)


Charts on Defense Contracts (2007-2008)

The Military Industrial Complex collects data, granted by the Department of Defense, on the numbers of private contractors and the amount of defense-related deals starting in 2007. A comparison between 2007 and 2008 shows a striking increase of 29.5 percent in the number of contracts and an increase of 36.8 percent in the total value of contracts in US dollars. The data also displays the fifteen main contractors since October 2006 with Lockheed Martin Corporation as the lead.


Middle East Theatre of War (June 26, 2006)

This map shows the locations of the active US military bases in the Middle East. The base locations align with locations of major oil and gas producing regions and reserves. (Centre for Research on Globalisation)

Global US Troop Deployment, 1950-2005 (May 24, 2006)

These tables show US troop deployments throughout the second half of the 20th century. Additionally the tables display both the number as well as the percentage of US troops in foreign countries during the same period of time. (Heritage Foundation)

Active Duty Military Personnel Strengths by Regional Area and by Country

These tables show the number of US military personnel on active duty in the US and throughout the world. (United States Department of Defense)

Military Spending vs. Official Development Aid as a Percentage of Gross Domestic Product: 2006

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals draws nearer, rich countries are reconfirming their commitment to contributing 0.7% of their gross national income in Official Development Aid (ODA). This percentage, pledged in 1970, remains a distant goal for most wealthy nations, while their military budgets easily consume twice that amount. This table and chart compare military spending and international aid in 22 wealthy nations.

US Economic Expansion


US Crude or Petroleum Oil Import Sources (November 19, 2004)

This table lists US military presence in oil-producing countries. It lists main or potential petroleum or crude oil import sources, oil transit routes and actual or potential US presence in these countries. (Foreign Policy in Focus)

Partial list of Reported or Proposed Forward Operating Locations and Cooperative Security Locations (November 19, 2004)

This table indicates US plans of military expansion and the level of equipment these military facilities throughout the world possess as well as intended locations for military bases. (New York Times, Congressional Budget Office)

US, UN and International Law


US Position on International Treaties (updated July, 2003)

The US has long been reluctant to participate in international treaties and agreements on disarmament, human rights, and international justice. Recently, Washington has adopted an even more negative posture towards these instruments. This chart presents the US position on ten major human rights and weapons conventions. (Global Policy Forum)




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