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The Pentagon's Wasting Assets

The Eroding Foundations of American Power

Author: Andrew F. Krepinevich
July/August 2009
Foreign Affairs

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The military foundations of U.S. dominance are steadily eroding. With the spread of advanced military technologies to rising powers, hostile states, and nonstate actors, the United States is losing its ability to project power worldwide and its unfettered access to the oceans, space, and cyberspace. These changes demand a major strategic review by Washington—one that leads to both new sources of military advantage and a more modest grand strategy to protect core U.S. interests.

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