Except, perhaps, in the view of the most brazen martinet, national power is not an end in itself. Rather, it is a means to an end set of ends which usually include such goals as the survival of the nation-state, its culture and its way of life, the improvement in the quality of life of its citizens; and the state's continued ability to increase its infuence with other states in the pursuit of these goals. From this broader perspective, the national security of the Soviet Union is vulnerable to serious structured and systematic industrial and agricultural problems as well as demographic demographic trends which threaten to tear apart from with in the last of the world's great multinational empires.
Weinstein, John M.
"Nonmilitary Threats to Soviet National Security,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 38
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol38/iss3/3