AMERICA'S BASE NETWORK: CREDIBLE DETERRENCE
AIR WAR COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB United States
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This essay looks at historical US basing strategy in order to understand the geopolitical and economic complexity facing diplomacy of future global defense posture considerations. US overseas basing has generally materialized in three main periods. Turkey is a country that has shared US diplomatic relations during all three periods and maintained a continuous bilateral security arrangement dating back to 1947. Furthermore, Turkey has also been a staunch NATO partner for 65 years defending the volatile southern flank while working to reduce tension between Europe and the Middle East. As globalism has produced hot spots in the Middle East Turkeys geographic location is advantageous to the US. Turkeys infrastructure of ports, roads and airspace are critical for a surge across AORs between EUCOM and CENTCOM. Moreover, Turkey is a growing regional economic and energy sector player. Finally, Turkey maintains a position as a NATO nuclear umbrella country and is a ballistic missile defense partner under the European Phased Adaptive Approach.
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