The United States has traditionally wielded both “soft” and “hard” power. Soft power generally comes from the diplomatic arm of the U.S. government, most notably represented by the Department of State. Hard power comes from the military arm of the U.S. government, most notably the Department of Defense. President Trump has made it clear that he intends to significantly reduce the budget (and influence) of the DoS and increase the budget of the DoD. What justification has he given for this decision?

  1. Discuss two other reasons why Trump might be pursuing this change?
  2. Do you think this decision will increase or decrease (or have no effect) on U.S. power and influence in the world? Why?
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