Standing army

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­Over the course of the last century, the US has silently encircled the world with a web of military bases unlike any other in history. No continent has been spared. They have shaped the lives of millions, yet remain a mystery to most.
Today there are more than 766 US bases scattered around the globe, spanning more than 100 countries and hosting more than 250,000 soldiers, in addition to the one million-plus soldiers stationed in the US. Almost every single war waged by America in the course of the 20th century has left behind a trail of new military bases, and not just within the borders of the countries it invades. “Standing Army” shines a spotlight on this ever-evolving story, revealing the mechanisms, purposes and hidden strategies of the bases, as well as the risks they pose for the countries that host them. A journey across six countries and three continents: Asia, America and Europe.

Directors and producers: Enrico Parenti and Tomas Fazi

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