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When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn't Always Better

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01/19/2021Ryan McMaken

Many observers of international affairs assume that larger, more populous states are necessarily more powerful. But the reality is wealth and economic development are the most critical factors in securing true military power.

Original Article: "When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn't Always Better"

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