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NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College hosted a workshop entitled “Economics and Security: Challenges and Opportunities in a Resource Constrained World,” with two days of panels concluding on Nov. 4.

The William B. Ruger Chair of National Security Economics, Ambassador (retired) John A. Cloud, presented the workshop to provide a collegial forum for a small and select group of national security professionals to evaluate and recommend economic and security choices for the future. The workshop was made possible with the support of the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of William B. Ruger, Sr.

Panels addressed defense, diplomacy, information, and economics in the context of the current U.S. national debt and annual deficits.  Participants considered how financial constraints are impacting national security strategy and policy for the first time in many years. 

In addition, the current budget outlook provides little, if any, respite from these constraints. As the sole global superpower, the United States will face both challenges and opportunities as it dedicates substantial resources to national security over the next decade. How the nation responds and how resources are used will determine the U.S. strategic position in the future.  

This workshop built upon the 2010 Ruger Workshop, which looked at these issues from the perspective of the component parts of the Department of Defense. In this workshop, participants took a “Whole of Government Approach,” and broadened the discussion to look at these issues from the perspectives of diplomacy, defense, information, and economics.

The presentations and papers produced in support of the conference will be published in a monograph, scheduled to be available online upon publication at, where past Ruger workshop papers are also available.

From Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy