competition between government branches


In discussions around competition within the government, especially concerning strategic decision-making in the face of significant technological and military advancements, the role of internal governmental competition is highlighted. Sarah C. M. Paine observes that throughout history, competing factions within a government have significantly influenced decisions, such as the power struggles in post-war Japan regarding military funding and strategic direction 1. This internal competition sometimes results in suboptimal outcomes due to lack of coordination among different branches or divisions within the government. Another example provided includes the Eisenhower administration, where divergent opinions and recommendations among key stakeholders were essential in shaping governmental decisions, reflecting democracy's strength in fostering diverse viewpoints and potential for debate 1.

Coherent Grand Strategy

Sarah and Dwarkesh discuss the importance of having a coherent grand strategy for a country, highlighting the need to coordinate various instruments of national power. They also explore historical examples of competition between different parts of the government and its impact on decision-making.

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