Strategic shift towards great power competition and new generation systems to continue regardless of US election outcome: Poll

20 November 2020 (Last Updated November 20th, 2020 07:37)

The shift towards great power competition and investment in new-generation systems is expected to continue regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election, as opined by 61% of the respondents in a poll conducted by Verdict.

The shift towards great power competition and investment in new-generation systems is expected to continue regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election, as opined by 61% of the respondents in a poll conducted by Verdict.

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While approximately 48% of the respondents strongly agreed that the shift will continue, 13% agreed to the continuation of the shift.

Approximately 40% of the respondents disagreed that the shift towards great power competition will continue, including 28% who expressed a strong disagreement.

The analysis is based on 304 responses received from the readers of Verdict network sites Airforce Technology, Army Technology, and Naval Technology between 07 July and 16 November 2020.

US presidential elections and the shift towards great power competition

The results of the US presidential elections are unlikely to have any impact on the projected shift towards great power competition, according to the Heritage Foundation. While Trump was expected to continue the great power competition paradigm, Biden might try to create his own strategies, but the competition is likely to persist or even escalate.

The main difference between the policies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden are expected to be anti-China policies. Biden is also likely to build better relations with the Middle East by enhancing relations with Afghanistan and with NATO by renewing relations with members such as Germany.

Focus on new technologies is also expected to increase as advances in computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and life sciences will add new dimensions to national security. Biden, for example, has highlighted the importance of investing in technologies and innovations in the cyber space and AI to enable the US tackle any future threats, says GlobalData. Biden has stressed on the need to move away from legacy systems and making smarter investments in the defence sector.