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Accession Number ADA564995
Title Impact of National Debt on U.S. National Security.
Publication Date May 2011
Media Count 34p
Personal Author M. L. Blank
Abstract The United States faces a growing national debt that will adversely impact the economy and weaken national security. The national debt is currently $14.2 trillion; the Congressional Budget Office projects the debt to reach $17.4 trillion by 2015, and $21.4 trillion by 2020. The national debt can impact national security through the inevitable budget cuts that will be necessary to curb the growth in debt, as well as through more subtle effects, such as decreased soft power capabilities, reduced capacity to respond to national security concerns, a decrease in U.S. allies' confidence in the ability of the United States to protect common interests, and a decrease in U.S. influence in international affairs. To date, the impact of the debt on national security has been minimal, but that will change as payments on the debt increase and the measures required to reverse its upward trend are implemented.
Keywords Ally confidence
Budget cuts
Budget deficits
Budget reductions
Economic development
Economic impact
Economic power
Economic superiority
Federal budgets
Foreign aid
Gross domestic product
Humanitarian assistance
Interest payments
Interest rates
International influence
International relations
Military budgets
Military capabilities
National debt
National defense
National security
Political alliances
Public debt
Soft power capabilities
Tax revenue
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96H - Foreign Business & Economics
92B - Psychology
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
63G - Personnel Detection
43G - Transportation
Corporate Author Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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