I recall learning that the Soviet Union collapsed from over-spending on military hardware, as opposed to building society and infrastructure. The USSR was destroyed from the top by foolish and misguided decisions by ignorant, arrogant, and paranoid men. Some of this is understandable, if you study history (especially the Stalin years). By the way, they never cut back on education!
A recent program on Russia Today, the foreign language news channel, contrasted the declining infrastructure, rising unemployment, and ballooning government deficits with the ever-increasing defense spending in the United States. I detected no note of schadenfreude, merely presenting of facts. I realize that RT likes to point out weaknesses in the United States. State television did the same thing during the communist reign. RT reports what is permitted about Russia and never criticizes the Russian government. (Still, they are usually more objective than Fox News).
Back to my point: Can the same fate await the United States? Will incorrect budget decisions about military spending lead to the further demise of a once-great nation? Signs point in that direction. But, the military industrial complex, which Eisenhower warned about, is doing nicely and earning some people a whole bunch of money.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.