Economic Competitiveness: A Strategy to Preserve U.S. Power and Influence

  • Colonel Rob Connell

This paper states that emerging nations are not an existential threat to the U.S. Instead, the primary threat to U.S. power and influence is dual natured and revolves around the nation’s massive debt and inability to adapt to the changing world. To address these threats and maintain its position as a global leader, the U.S. must adopt a strategy focused on becoming more economically competitive via a smart power approach designed to contain emerging powers economically by dominating global market shares. To ensure effectiveness, the executive branch must develop, sponsor and maintain this strategy in the same manner that the U.S. government managed the containment of the USSR under NSC-68.