Accession Number:

ADA059349

Title:

United Kingdom Military Installations in the Mediterranean -- Capabilities and Future Prospects

Descriptive Note:

Group study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Report Date:

1978-06-30

Pagination or Media Count:

47.0

Abstract:

The basic questions addressed are 1 whether or not the deemphasis of British military facilities at Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus within the near future will weaken the southern flank of NATO and 2 what effect the British withdrawal will have on the future of forward basing privileges for the United States in a unilateral military projection into the mideast. Data was accumulated using a literature search and personal interviews with both military and state department officials. The interviews were conducted with both military and civilian personnel at US Embassies and NATO facilities in Great Britain, Greece and Italy. Economic and political pressures prevent the British from maintaining their current presence in the Mediterranean. The loss of the British bases will not impact greatly on the security of the southern flank of NATO so long as Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus are denied to any other major power i.e., USSR, PRC. In addition, unless one of our NATO allies is involved the United States will not be able to use any of the aforementioned bases for a unilateral military projection into the mideast.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE