Definition/Scope: (FM 7-100) The category of core states includes more than half of the nearly 200 countries in the world today. These are basically democratic (although to varying degrees) and share common values and interests. Within this larger group, there is an “inner core” of major powers. These are the advanced countries, including the United States, that generally dominate world politics. Most conflict with global consequences will involve the core states in some fashion or another.
Broader Terms:National Military Strategy
Narrower Terms:contemporary operational environment
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