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The report on Department of Defense Base Structures around the globe was slow in coming out. Based on information current at the end of 2011, the 2012 baseline report was finally issued in January of 2013 by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations and Environment.
If you're looking to validate the conventional number of 700 foreign bases that we worried about during the Iraq engagement, you're going to be disappointed. The various military branches own assets (buildings and acreage) in thirty foreign countries and territories such as the Marshall Islands and the Netherland Antilles. We own no bases in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Nor, for that matter, is Bondsteel in Kosovo listed. Presumably, that last has been turned over to KFOR, the multi-national force.

Of the thirty foreign countries in which the U.S. owns military assets, twenty-three host only one service. The Navy has the most single installations in twelve countries; the Air Force comes next with eight; and the Army is all alone in the Marshall Islands, the Netherlands and, strangely enough, Romania, where the DoD counts ninety-four structures of considerable size.

Of a total of 33,591 significant structures, almost 29,000 are located in just eight foreign countries:

Germany --7,148
Italy -- 1,485
Japan -- 9,436
Marshall Islands -- 734
South Korea --  6,196
Spain -- 1,091
Turkey -- 754
United Kingdom --2,014

What's it all worth?

– PRV ($M): Indicates the total Plant Replacement Value (PRV) for all facilities (buildings, structures, and linear structures). This value represents the calculated cost to replace the current physical plant (facilities and supporting infrastructure) using today’s construction costs (labor and materials) and standards (methodologies and codes).
The total Plant Replacement Value for all DoD assets at home and abroad comes to just under $850 Billion. So, if we are 315 million Americans, that's about $2600 for each one of us. We own it, in common. The fact that this public property is not readily accessible to most of us, is another matter.  It's still ours and, since ownership comes with responsibilities, we have to keep it up -- not just the assets at home, but those over seas.

So, the next time a Congress critter starts quibbling about spending dollars, ask how much keeping our military assets (land and buildings costs). If the answer isn't immediately forthcoming, ask if s/he at least knows where to find out.


We know some of them don't read the legislation they vote for. How about the reports?

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