On Fox News Sunday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey proclaimed that America is still the most powerful nation in the world and will remain that way unless the federal government legislates that strength away.
The four-star general also warned that America could lose that moniker through simple act of thinking that the United States is not exceptional, not the most powerful country in the world.
Dempsey told Fox’s Chris Wallace:
So, you’ve kind of laid out the house of horrors, right? And in so doing, you’ve laid out the fact that there are state actors that could coerce us or constrain us, and there are non-state actors. What we’ve had to do is adapt our military to address both of those challenges. You ask, you know, am I concerned about it? Of course I’m concerned about it. But I also want to remind everyone — we are still the most powerful nation in the world by any measure, likely to remain so — unless we talk ourselves out of it and legislate ourselves out of it with things like the Budget Control Act — and that we’ve been through difficult periods in our history before. What will get us through this is investing in our human capital. Because we’re going to have to think our way through the future, not bludgeon our way through it.
The Budget Control Act is defined by the Congressional Research Service as: “the result of negotiations between the President and Congress held in response to the federal government having nearly reached its borrowing capacity.”
According to Defense News, fiscal 2016 will be the seventh year in which defense spending has been down and is forecasted to be “the low point for the defense budget’s topline.” However, it is indicated that there is plenty of money for what is needed, as long as the federal government makes creative decisions in how that money is and isn’t allocated.