U.S. Army soldiers unload M1 Abrams tanks which will participate in exercises at the training ground in Drawsko Pomorskie, Jankowo Pomorskie, northwestern Poland March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Cezary Aszkielowicz/Agencja Gazeta
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No country in modern history has possessed as much global military power as the United States.Britain was never as dominant as the U.S. is today. Similarly, those who speak of American hegemony after 1945 fail to note that the Soviet Union balanced U.S. military power for more than four decades.Of course, America did maintain economic dominance after 1945: the devastation of World War II in so many countries meant that the U.S. produced nearly half of global GDP. That position lasted until 1970, when the U.S. share of global GDP fell to its prewar level of one-quarter. The question now is whether the era of U.S. primacy is coming to an end.There is still reason to believe that, at least in the first half of this century, the U.S. will retain its primacy in power resources and continue to play the central role in the global balance of power.In short, while the era of U.S. primacy is not over, it is set to change in important ways.
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