In 2016, the Pentagon funded the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) to conduct a year-long study of America’s position in the world which was published in June 2017. The report concluded that America is losing its status as superpower while inhabiting a new world of danger, unpredictability, and resistance to authority. The report says,
“While the United States remains a global political, economic, and military giant, it no longer enjoys an unassailable position versus state competitors… In brief, the status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for DoD is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing.”
One major reason stated as to why America is losing its power in the world is due to the role of state actors like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
“The 17-year period after the Cold War . . . was a unique time when American power was essentially unchallenged. . . . we have been moving into a new era—a period of enhanced global competition, and the acceleration of trends that challenge our preeminence, complicate our decision-making, and demand of us greater agility and geopolitical savvy.”
In the team’s assessment, it says the post-primacy world will have 5 interrelated characteristics:
- Hyper-connectivity and weaponization of information, disinformation, and disaffection;
- A rapidly fracturing post-Cold War status quo;
- Proliferation, diversification, and atomization of effective counter-U.S. resistance;
- Resurgent but transformed great power competition;
- Violent or disruptive dissolution of political cohesion and identity.
The solutions proposed is not surprising at all: more militarization, more expansion, more surveillance, more psychological warfare, more military spending, and more lies. Check out this 10 minute video to learn more:
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