Naval forces depend on a network of facilities worldwide and access to those facilities depends on the political support of the host nation.
Forward-deployed naval forces are a key component of U.S. national security strategy. They ensure regional stability and prevent crisis from escalating into conflict. And although they are less dependent than the Air Force or Army on overseas bases, forward deployed naval forces rely on a large network of facilities worldwide to support their operations. These range from the sprawling base in Yokosuka, Japan, to the administrative complexes in Singapore and Bahrain. Our continued access to these facilities depends on the political goodwill of the host nations—and our adversaries understand this. They will try to undermine U.S. forward presence by encouraging the political denial of access. In addition, access also can be denied by an ally as a result of a dispute that has no apparent connection to security interests.