Accession Number : ADA309103

Title :   Belief in God as a Foundation for Strategic Planners--A New Look at Values and Old Church And State Issues.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Buzby, Winfield D.

PDF Url : ADA309103

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The responsibilities of strategic leaders are as diverse as they are awesome. One of the critical prerequisites which all strategic leaders must possess, however, is a clear and comprehensive understanding of the relationship which exists between national values, national purpose and national military strategy. Historically, one of the most important national values for the citizenry of the United States is the right to believe in God as one chooses, and the freedom to act upon that belief. Provided for in the Declaration of Independence, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and codified by every branch of the Federal Government this fundamental premise has been a prime source of inspiration, motivation, courage, commitment, and compassion for America's military personnel of all ranks and positions from the Revolutionary War to the present. This paper looks at the fact and results of belief in God and religion as a foundational underpinning of strategic planning by examining historical documents and policy, and by reexamining church and state issues.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *UNITED STATES, *MILITARY PLANNING, *RELIGION, SOURCES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, DOCUMENTS, HISTORY, VALUE, MOTIVATION, CHURCHES.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE