Accession Number : ADA326488

Title :   Civil-Military Relations and Gen. Maxwell Taylor: Getting It Right and Getting It Wrong!

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Tart, Randal G.

PDF Url : ADA326488

Report Date : 07 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Professor Richard Kohn argues that powerful military officers pose a threat to the U.S. because their voice is too strong in the decisions the government makes. This paper contests this view. It looks at two situations involving a very powerful general officer, Maxwell Taylor, to show that strong military men pose no danger to the well-being of the United States when they do the job for which they are paid. In the first situation, Taylor got his civil-military relations right, even though he fought a losing battle with President Eisenhower over Ike's dangerous defense strategy of 'massive retaliation.' He was forced to retire over the fight, but the nation's best interests were protected. In the second situation, Taylor got it wrong: He was recalled to active duty by JFK and became so close to the Kennedys that he could not tell the President 'no,' even when the nation's defense stakes were high. 'Vietnam' as we have come to know and hate it may be the result.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, *GENERAL OFFICERS, UNITED STATES, STRATEGY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, ACTIVE DUTY, MALES, POWER, OFFICER PERSONNEL, VIETNAM, COMMUNITY RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE