A conservative U.S. think tank says the United States is saving defense costs by stationing its forces in foreign countries like South Korea, Germany and Japan.
According to research by the American Action Forum, South Korea contributes 775 million U.S. dollars, or 41 percent of the costs, to support American military presence on the Korean Peninsula. Japan contributes two billion dollars or 50 percent of common defense costs with the U.S.
The report said Washington is actually saving money by stationing troops overseas rather than at home. It said if the United States removed the base for its aircraft carrier battle group in Japan, it would need to replace it with several more carrier battle groups at a cost of nearly 50 billion dollars to maintain its Pacific presence.
In April, the Commander of U.S. forces in Korea, Vincent Brooks, said during his confirmation hearing that South Korea shares a significant portion of costs for the presence of U.S. troops.
Source: KBS World Radio