Military power factor in the modern U.S. strategy

Military force remains an essential tool of the U.S. foreign policy

The role of military power factor in U.S. foreign and domestic policy had significantly increased under Trump's presidency, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov underscored in the analytical article of RISS journal “National Strategy Issues” №5 (56). "After the Cold War ended, the majority of American leaders seemed to favor military action over diplomatic efforts. Current U.S. president D.Trump also has a tendency to use military force," he said.

The American political establishment has a belief that the United States can play a significant role in international affairs only if there is no other dominant world power. Washington is trying to maintain its global leadership and prevent the emergence of a peer rival. "Washington uses a combination of methods of military and political pressure to achieve its geopolitical goals. It integrates various countries into the American economic and political system, and they become dependent on the United States," S.Ermakov said.

According to opinion polls, American society has a very different attitude toward the use of military force. Depending on their policy preferences, Americans have sharply different views on what government should do about military policy and national security issues. American people favor military force only when it does not entail large costs (both human and material). This was also noted by famous American political scientist E.Luttwak. He said that the main criterion for using military force was the potential casualties among American troops.

"Military force remains an essential tool of the U.S. foreign policy and one of the main means of achieving its geopolitical goals. However, now the methods and frequency of the use of military force are becoming more flexible," RISS expert underscored.

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