Accession Number : ADA299292

Title :   Making Do With Less, or Coping with Upton's Ghost,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Cohen, Eliot A.

PDF Url : ADA299292

Report Date : 26 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : In November 1994 the United States witnessed an upheaval in its political system as the Republican Party regained control of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades. This eruption within our own political system was largely unanticipated. It is an American parallel to the shaking of political systems across the world in countries as different as Japan and Italy. It is, of course, but a faint echo of the far greater tumult that accompanied what may be the greatest political event of our time-the collapse of the Warsaw Pact-and then of the Soviet Union itself. Accompanying this political revolution has been the no less profound transformation of the global economy brought about by the information technologies. The silicon chips in a modern car take up a greater part of its cost than the steel, and the ubiquitous computer terminal has transformed corporations, finance, and the very structure of business life. New centers of world economic power are emerging, particularly China which may, in our life time, surpass the United States in the size of its economy. These political and economic transformations are interlinked and may be only the beginning of larger convulsions. Some observers have pointed to a world in which changes in biotechnology could pose profound challenges to the core assumptions of our political system, namely that men (and women) are indeed born equal. The rise of China and the emergence of the successful economies of Asia have already begun to change the constellation of world politics.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *POLITICAL REVOLUTION, USSR, CONGRESS, GLOBAL, UNITED STATES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, CORPORATIONS, ECONOMICS, COMPUTERS, CHIPS(ELECTRONICS), JAPAN, COSTS, ECHOES, SILICON, COLD WAR, ITALY, POWER, BIOTECHNOLOGY, WOMEN, CHINA, TRANSFORMATIONS, LOW INTENSITY, CONVULSIVE DISORDERS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE