Civil-Military Relations Reconsidered: Can the civil-military gap be bridged?

From Brown University’s Watson Institute  Capt. Robert Sanders, a Military Professor of Joint Military Operations at the U.S. Naval War College, joined panelists from Brown University’s Watson Institute to discuss the […]

From Brown University’s Watson Institute 

Capt. Robert Sanders, a Military Professor of Joint Military Operations at the U.S. Naval War College, joined panelists from Brown University’s Watson Institute to discuss the role of the American military and its relationship with the American public.

The recent Atlantic cover article by James Fallows, “The Tragedy of the American Military,” highlights a growing divide between civilians and military personnel, the result of which is a lack of understanding and scrutiny that lessens the effectiveness of the US military and makes it easier for political leaders to go to war. The article has sparked important discussion and debate among scholars, policymakers, members of the military and the general public, providing an opportunity for experts from the U.S. Naval War College and the Watson Institute to convene this week to take up the issues and ideas raised in a two-panel session titled, In and Out of Uniform: Civil-Military Relations Reconsidered. An unanticipated highlight involved the author of the Atlantic article, himself, who joined the discussion through Skype for the finale of the event.

Read more at Brown University’s Watson Institute 

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