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Civil Military Relations

An Exit Strategy for Ferguson

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

It's pretty basic. Belief in the supremacy of civilian control over the armed forces is the cornerstone of American democracy. The institutional failure evident in Ferguson, MO is a sign of civilian dereliction.

Beyond The Monuments Men

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The challenge is not the wars we must fight as much as the peace that we have to build in order not to fight them anymore or in the first place.

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

What We're All Missing in the Zero Dark Thirty Debate

Peter Henne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Henne

My concern about films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker is that they might set back civilian-military relations by giving people a false understanding of the struggles of U.S. troops and the mechanics of U.S. national security.

Our Coup d' Etat, by Accident

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

If we Americans and our civilian-elected leaders don't come to terms with our over-dependence on the military, we will cede increasing authority to an institution that doesn't want it and should not have it.

It All Depends on What You Mean by Cost-Effective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The July issue of the journal Armed Forces & Society had a section devoted to the issue of military privatization which is worth looking at. The art...

Let's Question the Accuracy of Current Military Suicide Statistics

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Until all of our troops' and veterans' problems are honestly acknowledged and factored in to the planning of suicide prevention programs, the current response is not going put a dent in the numbers.

Save Afghanistan? How About America?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Barring an open and democratic dialogue about what our military is for in today's world we'll continue to have frustrated Generals and we'll risk more lives.

Remembering What a Military Is For

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Tea partiers and residents of the Gulf Coast take note: could it be that we've so scorned and dismantled our government that the only loved and well-functioning institution left is the military?

The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy: Reversing the Trend

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Adams

The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Defense Review is focusing on military problems in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq, rather than addressing the civilian mission of supporting good governance and poverty reduction.

President Obama: Afghanistan Needs More Than a Military Solution

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

The news media has an annoying tendency to focus on the symptoms, not the disease.

"Exit Strategy" Might Not Be What You Mean

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

If we want to see this president succeed, a vocabulary shift is vital. The more we use leftover framing and messaging rhetoric from the Iraq War, the easier we make it for the right wing to do the same.

The Only Way Out For Honduras

Adam Isacson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Isacson

The amount of international pressure must increase now that Zelaya is back. And it must include absolute clarity that an election held under the coup government's auspices will be considered illegitimate.

Another Baby Step on Honduras

Adam Isacson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Isacson

To argue about whether the deposition was a coup, whether Manuel Zelaya is a capable leader, or whether this is about Hugo Chávez's influence, misses the point entirely.

Afghanistan: Accusing Karzai

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Sure some of this mayhem is Karzai's fault and he may not be the best for Afghanistan in the future, but we, the international community, must leave that decision to the Afghans.

Rank and File

Ray Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Kimball

For a soldier, there is a fine line between debating the issues of the day as a concerned citizen and injecting yourself into the partisan fray.