Military presence overseas is more about protection than anything else as troops help build fences for communities. [Source: Associated Press, Eric Gay]
Jude Choi, Grade 10
First, the United States is funding expensive programs such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 which is years overdue and way over budget. It is also important to know that the United States has 800 military bases in over 70 countries. One can imagine the amount of money that is spent with such a widespread presence. However, countries such as Japan is now starting to militarize for the first time since WWII and the United States is starting to consider potentially moving out of the region.
This comes with much opposition and it is believed that American presence overseas should be maintained.
Military presence overseas does not always mean force or battles because there is a peace effort that is also involved. [Source: Associated Press, Hussein Malla]
Also overseas, the United States Armed Forces act as a projection of force in foreign countries. The best example of this is the American Navy patrolling the Korean Peninsula and with American military bases all throughout South Korea with constant military exercises. The American military presence in South Korea protects South Korea from potential threats from North Korea because an attack on South Korea would likely be considered an attack on the United States.
The United States has been a global force and intervening in affairs around the world since WWII. After the war, America became the biggest military force in the world and one that keeps the peace and will use its armed forces to try and repel acts of hostility. It is also the lifeline of other countries. Without the help of the United States Armed Forces, some countries would be on the brink of collapse due to terrorism or other negative forces.
The American military presence around the world is vital even though countries are growing and developing their own military forces. So, one thing is clear, no American military means leaves countries around the world vulnerable.