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Emerging Powers and Future Threats: Implications for the U.S. and Global Defense Industry

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U.S. Army War College -Strategic Studies Institute Carlisle United States

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One defining phenomenon of the 21st century to date is the ascent of new countries in the global economic, political, and security environment. While the so-called BRICS Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa receive most of the attention in business, government, security, and media circles, several other countries have become influential regionalif not yet globalplayers, including Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Turkey. The prominence of these and other countries reflects the economic changes, investment opportunities, and future potential of some of the worlds largest countries in population. Clearly, this is a different global environment than existed just 30 years ago, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. As long as these countries continue to experience healthy economic growth, and avoid the negative effects of war, it is likely that the relative global economic position of the United States will decline over the next few decades. To the extent that economic power translates into political and military power, the United States will be faced with multi-dimensional challenges in the years to come.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

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