Addressing the United States Debt and Deficit
President Obama lays out his plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years and to ensure America's future wealth and prosperity in a speech at George Washington University April 13, 2011 (Photo: DOD)  



Mr. John P. Caraway
Department of the Army Civilian

USAWC Class of 2010

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



This AY-10 student research paper discusses the strategic significance of dealing effectively with the American debt and deficit, by first describing the background of our current government approach to the economy, then examining the current projections for United States' spending from 2009 through 2019 and examining what the future might bring given anticipated American demographic changes.

The author describes the economic labyrinth in detail and examines alternatives to address the challenges to America of the national deficit and debt.

He concludes that while a number of alternatives are available today to address the problem of deficit financing and the associated debt and thereby strengthen the economy of the United States, three examples that are predicated on the synergistic benefits associated with small reforms provide the best chances for long-term success.

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