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Reuters/Kevin Lamarque - U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, March 11, 2015

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What if before the war, everyone came?

September 2015, Robert N. Hein

Government wields the four main instruments of power: diplomacy, information, military, and economic (DIME). But since the early 1990s, the United States has arguably favored military power over all others, and legislation such as Goldwater-Nichols may have unwittingly contributed. Robert Hein writes that the United States has shortchanged itself in the development and execution of its foreign policy, a problem that the Departments of Defense and State can work together to fix.

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