ON-Lion Letter
How does the leading power in the international system sustain its global position, while facing the prospect of relative decline and an extended period of fiscal austerity?  The answer to this question is fundamental to American policymakers' prospects for sustaining U.S. primacy in the international system.

A recent report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington, D.C., Strategy in Austerity, examines how dominant powers, when confronted with an extended period of rising security challenges and stagnant or declining resources, have attempted to sustain their position relative to their military competitors.  Its purpose is to identify the most-effective elements of their strategies and provide policymakers with insight into how to address the U.S.'s current situation.

Strategy in Austerity was researched and written by CSBA's president Andrew F. Krepinevich, its analyst Simon Chin, and its senior fellow for defense studies Todd Harrison.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CSBA.

Employing a case-study methodology, the report examines how two dominant powers in the last century -- America and Great Britain -- sought to sustain their position during a period of relative decline.
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