For those of you who have time...
Here is an interesting article from Foreign Affairs. It involves the Economic IOP and America's relative strength given the government's accumulation of foreign debt. Here is a summary:
"The United States' current account deficit and foreign debt are not dire threats to its global position, as would-be Cassandras warn. U.S. power is firmly grounded on economic superiority and financial stability that will not end soon."
As students of foreign policy and national security...what are the biggest threats to U.S. hegemony? As military members, the reasons for asking should be obvious.