Inquiring minds might be interested in the analysis of artist Josh Begley who catalogs every U.S. military base in the world. Here is a representation.

Gizmodo comments on the Chilling Geometry of Every US Military Base Seen From Space.

The United States military is everywhere. It’s so big that it’s hard to quantify just how massive it is—any number used to describe it is so large that it defies the understanding of an ordinary human brain.

A self-described “data artist,” Begley has started an ongoing effort to collect satellite imagery from every U.S. military installation in the world. The initial map, parked at, collects all of the data listed in the Department of Defense’s 2013 Base Structure Report. The official report doesn’t include the military’s secret bases, though, so Begley has included others that have been unearthed—and he encourages people to submit information for others that he’s missing.

The resulting collection is mind-boggling. At the top, there’s a zoomable world map with all of the installations plotted. Keep zooming in, and eventually the map will reveal the satellite imagery for each location, assuming it exists. As Begley points out, plenty of sites have been censored from public view.

Mapping the United States Military Footprint

Please consider Mapping the United States Military Footprint on Google Maps Mania (an unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, mashups and tools being influenced by Google Maps).

The United States has well over 700 military bases across the planet with official facilities in at least 37 countries. is a map showing the location of United States military installations, not only in the US but around the world.

As well as mapping known United States military installations also provides aerial imagery of a large number of the bases, sourced from Google and Bing Maps.

The data for the military locations is from the 2013 Base Structure Report and from sites reported by journalists and geographers. The author of the map says that there are still many military bases missing from the map.

Image from Empire.Is 


  1. Given that any satellite can pick up this information, is there any rational reason to have “secret bases”?
  2. Is any base really a secret?
  3. Would US security be hampered if 25% of the bases were shut down? 50%? 80%?

The answers are 1-no, 2-no, 3-no, no, no.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock