****************************** Dr. David A. Anderson is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer. He is now a professor of Strategic Studies and Odom Chair of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he teaches strategic and operational studies, as well as economics. He is also an adjunct professor for Webster University, where he teaches various international relations courses including, International Political Economy and Globalization. He has published numerous articles on military, economics, and international relations related topics. Major Anton Wijeyesekera is a serving Armor officer in the Sri Lanka Army. During his 18 years in the Army he has held various command and staff and instructional appointments. He served as S2 in 55 and 53 Infantry Divisions in the year 2008. He graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2009. Presently he is serving as a senior Instructor at the Sri Lanka Military Academy. *************** The issue of the US having a base keeps surfacing now and then. Before the LTTE crisis, there was the talk of the US setting up a base at Trincomalee and it raised hackles in India. Here is an interesting analysis from the Small Wars Journal (an excellent repository of matter military worldwide and worth a look). What is important to note is that the sealanes in the Indian Ocean is one where the traffic is very high and the economy of the world practically passes by. Indian Oceans economic importance has been very succinctly highlighted in this analysis and it requires no elaboration. Sri Lanka is the fulcrum to the activities that happens in the Indian Ocean from either side of the Indian peninsula. Therefore, its strategic importance requires no amplification. In so far as the Chinese interest in the Indian Ocean is concerned, it is well established and most of us know of the Strategy of the String of Pearls and why it is being done. In addition, it is missed out that Sri Lanka is half way home to the Chinese foothold that they are hard at in Africa. There is no doubt that China requires a safe port of call half way home and Sri Lanka provides it. Pakistan too has great interest in Sri Lanka and has been cozying around for a long time.in consort with China and even without. It is obviously not in the interest of India to have inimical powers burrowing in in Sri Lanka to prove a threat to Indian interests. Therefore, what is your opinion? Should the US have a base in Sri Lanka or not? What if the US turns against India at a future date?