Main operating base (MOB) is a term used by the United States military defined as a "permanently manned, well protected base, used to support permanently deployed forces, and with robust sea and/or air access".[1] This term was used to differentiate major strategic overseas military facilities versus smaller, less secure or temporarily manned contingency tactical locations such as forward operating bases, forward operating sites or cooperative security locations. The differentiation was established as the Pentagon began to address regional threats primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America following its 2004 global posture review.[2]

Former MOBs in Afghanistan

See also


  1. ^ "U.S. European Command Posture Statement 2016". United States European Command. 2005-01-14. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  2. ^ "U.S. European Command Statement Following President Bush's Remarks Addressing Global Posture". United States European Command. 2004-08-16. Archived from the original on 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  3. ^ "Royal Engineers construct new checkpoint". British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS). Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  4. ^ "British Forces mark Christmas in Helmand". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 December 2012.