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  • As of 31 December 2010, U.S. Armed Forces were stationed in 150 countries. Some of the largest contingents are the 103,700 in Afghanistan, the 52,440 in Germany (see list), the 35,688 in Japan (USFJ), the 28,500 in Republic of Korea (USFK), the 9,660 in Italy, and the 9,015 in the United Kingdom respectively. These numbers change frequently due to the regular recall and deployment of units.

    Altogether, 77,917 military personnel are located in Europe, 141 in the former Soviet Union, 47,236 in East Asia and the Pacific, 3,362 in North Africa, the Near East, and South Asia, 1,355 in sub-Saharan Africa and 1,941 in the Western Hemisphere excluding the United States itself.

    I must admit the evidence is circumstantial. The information in the chart above may not be accurate.

    With that being said, it is obvious that the United States military strength was in decline since the Vietnam War. That all changed on 11 September 2001.

    Well, what does that mean exactly? It means jobs. War is our greatest export. Nearly every town in the United States has a manufacturer that has a defense contract. We build everything from software programs to armored vehicles to supply the needs of the Department of Defense. Our war machine puts Americans to work. Rarely are the jobs outsourced.

    In the current economic climate with manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas to places like China, Mexico, Vietnam, and Pakistan, Defense contracts are golden. Since 9/11, layoffs in the military-industrial-intelligence complex are rare.

    Imagine America without its war machine cranking out bullets, bombs, drones, tanks, humvees, uniforms, rifles, trucks, planes, etc. We would be in a major economic Depression without war.
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