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New military chief seeks balance in U.S. power

Published 09/30/2011, AP National Security Writer

while he sees the debt problem as highly important, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey -- to be sworn in today as the nation's chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff -- believes the United States cannot be successful in managing its national security and international affairs without asserting influence through a combination of a powerful military, an effective diplomatic corps and a sound economy.

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