Accession Number : ADA307332

Title :   Civil-Military Relations and the Operational Leader.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Pedersen, Daniel T.

PDF Url : ADA307332

Report Date : 06 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The Army Forces of the United States stand ready to support national interests by translating policy into military action. That this military action remains subordinate to national policy is generally accepted as an article of faith. Accurate translation of stated and implied policy, then, is of paramount importance. The primary vehicle for this translation is the pattern of civil-military relations a nation forms. Nations which develop an effective relationship enjoy tremendous advantage at both the strategic and operational levels. The pursuit of proper relations, however, has received scant attention at the operational level. Focus has long remained at the strategic level. History has shown, however, that operational leaders-specifically Unified Commander-in-Chiefs-have tremendous impact on the shaping of civil-military relations. How they choose to fulfill their representative, advisory, and executive responsibilities to the state often becomes the pivotal factor n whether the state enjoys an advantage in the pursuit of military security or the squandering of opportunities.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *COMBAT READINESS, *COMMUNITY RELATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, LEADERSHIP, ARMY PERSONNEL, ACCURACY, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, TRANSLATIONS, VEHICLES, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Intelligence
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE