Domestic Political State Of The Nation, Technological Advances, And Doctrinal Changes

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The Evolution of the Cost of War Analyzed through the Domestic Political State of the Nation, Technological Advances, and Doctrinal Changes
Politics can be defined as the practice of influencing people through the exercise of power. The main way to control a person or a group of people is to control their finances. This is why the economy of the United States is so important. Without control of its finances, the nation is unable to exercise control internally or over other nations. There have been vast doctrinal changes from the Vietnam War, to the Gulf War, to the War in Iraq that required the US to increase the amount of money fueled into the military. The US no longer fights proxy wars. It fights terrorism globally, which was because of doctrinal change. The economic cost of waging war in the 21st century has greatly increased as compared to the economic cost of waging war in the 20th century because of the domestic political state of the nation, technological advances, and doctrinal changes made by the nation.
The Vietnam War was a proxy war fought between communist and anticommunist forces from 1960 to 1965. This war cost the US $650 billion dollars. From air power to infantry to chemicals, the weapons used in the Vietnam War were more devastating than those used in any previous conflict. United States and South Vietnamese forces relied heavily on their superior air power, which required an increased amount of money to sustain. There were several technological…
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