Issue briefs and reports

July 9, 2020

Economic might, national security, and the future of American statecraft

By David H. McCormick, Charles E. Luftig, James M. Cunningham


This report argues that America’s economic power underwrites its national security. The authors believe more can be done to sustain the country’s economic might and to leverage it in service of American primacy. Read the chapters here or download the PDF.

About the authors

David H. McCormick is the CEO of Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment firm, and chairman of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board. Previously, he served in senior positions in the Treasury Department, the White House, and the Commerce Department. He is a graduate of West Point and a veteran of the First Gulf War.

Charles E. Luftig is a senior manager at Bridgewater Associates. He previously served as the deputy general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget and held several legal and policy roles at the National Security Council, including senior adviser in the office of the National Security Adviser.

James M. Cunningham is a research associate at Bridgewater Associates. He previously worked as a national security analyst at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution.

This report was first published in the Texas National Security Review.

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