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dc.contributor.advisorYost, David S.
dc.contributor.authorAmaral, Rui F.
dc.dateDec-14
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T00:17:05Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T00:17:05Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/44511
dc.description.abstractThe thesis examines the relationship between the United States and Portugal with special attention to the past, present, and potential future utilization of Lajes Field Air Base, the sole military asset in Portugal that has historically been highly valued by the United States. In the last decade, global events have set U.S. geopolitical interests pivoting toward the Asia-Pacific. The post-Cold War re-alignment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and recent U.S. budgetary limitations have placed constraints on the U.S. Air Force’s mission capability. Lajes Field Air Base, located in the Azores archipelago, was not spared from these budgetary cuts. The U.S. Air Force made cuts in manning and logistical assets at Lajes Field in order to save millions annually. This thesis evaluates the impact of these reductions on Lajes Field Air Base’s mission. The thesis also assesses the implications of these reductions for the social, political, and economic bonds between the United States and Portugal, particularly the autonomous government of the Azores.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/usportugueserela1094544511
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleU.S.–Portuguese relations and Lajes Field Air Baseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBruneau, Thomas C.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorLajes Air Baseen_US
dc.subject.authorLajes Fielden_US
dc.subject.authorU.S.-Portuguese relationsen_US
dc.subject.authorAzoresen_US
dc.subject.authorAçoresen_US
dc.subject.authorBase Aéria No. 4en_US
dc.subject.authorreduction of forcesen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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