It seems like there should be a concise term meaning a temporary base of operations. The implication would be that it's where someone has established a transient headquarters in an area they do not intend to be long-term. Scientists may have a dig site, soldiers a temporary command center, a business traveler a hotel, explorers a base camp. What is a generic phrase for this? I'm assuming there's something more concise than "temporary base camp."

  • Can't think of a single word, so just commenting: the term makeshift camp comes to mind. – Quillmondo May 18 '15 at 3:26
  • encampment ? (a group of tents or temporary shelters put in one place - Cambridge) – ermanen May 18 '15 at 17:35
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    Base Camp is a well established phrase, as you know. Advance Base Camp is also well established. I can't think of anything much more concise than Temporary Base Camp, but Interim Base Camp has one less syllable and 2 fewer letters. – ab2 ReinstateMonicaNow Aug 17 '15 at 0:29

Although it's more of a camp or a shelter than a headquarters, you could use bivouac.

bivouac (n) - A temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers.

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    Your answer gives an example of a specific kind of temporary camp, but the questioner is asking for a generic descriptor that covers all temporary bases of operations. – Erik Kowal May 18 '15 at 5:06

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