The U.S. military
is beefing up overseas personnel in Asia and the Pacific. The number of active duty U.S. officers in Japan
has increased by 25 percent, year-over-year. Guam, a strategic Polynesian island and U.S. territory, saw a 48 percent uptick in the number of troops serving there. South Korea also saw modest growth in the number of U.S. troops stationed in the country.
Military personnel shrank in Bahrain, Spain, and Kuwait. Many countries saw little to no shift in the overseas troops stationed in various locations. Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy saw little to no change in the number of personnel stationed in their respective countries.
Bloomberg recently reported that President Trump and key officials have been internally discussing a “Cost Plus 50” plan
that would aim to make allies hosting U.S. troops overseas pay the cost of keeping military personnel stationed there. In addition to that cost, the plan allegedly would also add at least another 50 percent premium for the U.S. military’s service in the country. Officials working with the President reportedly see the plan as a way to pressure NATO to increase defense spending, a major campaign promise for the president.