Civilian and military officials aren’t getting along
Posted: October 6, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.
Every administration has disputes with the Pentagon, but when it comes to where and how U.S. armed forces will be used, civil-military relations have not been this tense and precarious since the end of the Cold War. Military officers are increasingly willing to express personal opinions about interventions, while civilian policymakers are increasingly willing to disregard professional military advice. Worse, a growing number of individuals from both sides seem unaware of the appropriate civilian and military roles and relationships, and their conflicts play out in public more prominently and immediately than ever before. Senior civilian officials have strongly contested Gen. Martin Dempsey’s doubts about intervening in the Syrian civil war.
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Perspective, Pages 81 on 10/06/2013