“[S]enior military officials have told the White House that the network of bases would serve as hubs for Special Operations troops and intelligence operatives who would conduct counterterrorism missions for the foreseeable future,” the New York Times reported.
The proposed new bases would consist of four “hubs” that would expand on existing US bases in Djibouti and Afghanistan with anywhere from 500 to 5,000 troops, according to the report. In addition, smaller “spokes” will be established in countries such as Niger and Cameroon that would have more basic installations.
The proposal has been a topic of much discussion, officials told the New York Times, including this week, during a White House meeting of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. However, senior Department of Defense officials say the proposal is still in its early stages of being considered.