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UNITED STATES POWER. Economic GNP—$16 trillion Budget $3.6 trillion 300 million people 8 % unemployment 2 % inflation—declining interest rates 0 % growth for 2013 $1.5 trillion deficit 2013 $10 trillion deficit for 10 years. US Military Power.

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united states power
UNITED STATES POWER
  • Economic

GNP—$16 trillion Budget $3.6 trillion

300 million people

8 % unemployment

2 % inflation—declining interest rates

0 % growth for 2013

$1.5 trillion deficit 2013

$10 trillion deficit for 10 years

us military power
US Military Power
  • 1.4 million uniformed services—overseas 350,000
  • World wide deployment—70,000 Europe; 150,000 Middle East; 6,000 Kosovo; 6,000 Bosnia; 30,000 Japan; 30,000 S. Korea; 60,000 Afghanistan
  • Proposed Changes—10 years; 70,000 reduction from Europe, Korea, and Japan
  • 300 ships—12 carriers—18 nuclear firing subs—note 18 X 24 X 8
  • $800 billion FY 2013 DOD budget; 3.5 % of GNP, lowest since 1940; 15 % of national budget
  • $100 billion cuts anticipated over next 10 years
geopolitics
Geopolitics
  • US neighbors, Canada, Mexico
  • Two safe, friendly oceans
  • Contrast, Saudi Arabia, 8 hostile neighbors
  • Contrast, China, 12 hostile neighbors
  • Iran, surrounded by US forces
  • Russia—bordered by China, Muslims, Europe (Germany)
us ideology
US Ideology
  • Lincoln—”Last best hope of man”
  • Constitutionalism—rule of law
  • Democracy—one person, one vote
  • Separation of Powers

bicameralism (House 435), (Senate 100)

240 R; 195 D House; 47 R- 51 D -2 I Senate; federalism, judicial review

last superpower
Last Superpower
  • 1917 Soviet Revolution
  • 1923-53 Stalinism—the Gulag
  • 1985—Gorbachev (glasnost, perestroika)
  • 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • 1990 Reunification of Germany
  • Xmas 1991—collapse of the USSR
  • Lost ideology, nation, empire, economy
recent us wars
Recent US Wars
  • War Capabilities:
  • 1991 Kuwait, 100 days
  • 1999 Kosovo, 100 days
  • 2001 Afghanistan, 21 days
  • 2003 Iraq, 17 days
combat losses
Combat Losses
  • Comparison: Mexican War, 16,000; World War 115, 000; World War II, 330,000; Korea, 35,000; Vietnam, 58,000; Gulf, 100; Kosovo, 0; Afghanistan, 2,000; Iraq, 5,000;