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A nation must think before it acts.
[R]obust U.S. military power produces positive spillovers in other areas of statecraft. … Put simply, if the United States did not command such impressive military power, it would be far less effective in achieving its economic and diplomatic goals.
With these words, in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 26, Hal Brands established the clear connection between our military and our foreign policy goals.