"I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4,000 Cubans who are trained to kill me," sneered Guantánamo base commander Marine Col. Nathan R. Jessup, Jack Nicolson's character in the hit movie A Few Good Men. As an isolated U.S. military outpost on Cuban territory, Gitmo was a flashpoint for conflict after the 1959 revolution. U.S. soldiers on the base and Cuban soldiers surrounding the periphery exchanged insults, threw stones, and occasionally fired bullets across the fence. But the decision by President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro in December 2014 to normalize relations has opened an as yet unexplored opportunity for mending fences: military cooperation.

As a strategic partner of the Soviet Union, Cuba posed real national security challenges for the United States. Washington considered attacking the island during the 1962 Missile Crisis, in 1975 when Havana sent troops to Angola, and in the 1980s when Cuba backed revolutions in Central America. In 1983, when the United States invaded the tiny island of Grenada, U.S. and Cuban forces engaged each other in combat for the first time. But with the end of the Cold War, Cuban troops came home, the military shrank by more than half, and its mission shifted to homeland defense...



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