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Pentagon is world’s leading landlord

The Department of Defense is the world’s top property owner, managing 5,000 sites in 41 countries.

Move over, Donald Trump and Ted Turner. The Department of Defense is the world’s top property owner with holdings around the world – a fact relevant amid election-year debate about the size and role of our military.

In the United States alone, DOD occupies 1.9 billion square feet of office space – about three times the floor space of all the nation’s Walmart stores, or 10 times the office space in all of Los Angeles. Worldwide, DOD has more than 2 million people working on 5,000 sites in 41 countries. (Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, has 1.4 million workers.)

Today’s video has more on the world’s biggest landlord. Take a look, share it with a friend in uniform, then consider the size and scope of today’s military in our discussion thread below. 

What do others say?

  • : Wall Street Journal: “Parting gift for Afghans: A military McMansion” More

  • : Popular Mechanics slide show: “The world’s 18 strangest military bases” More

  • : Harvard Business Review: “Trading jobs for military bases” More

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