Accession Number : ADA329083

Title :   Contemporary Civil-Military Relations: Is the Republic in Danger?

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Westermann, Edward B.

PDF Url : ADA329083

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Within the last year, Richard Kohn, former chief of the Office of Air Force History, catalyzed an increasingly heated debate concerning the alleged politicization of the American military. In an article entitled "Out of Control: The Crisis in Civil-Military Relations," Kohn identifies "warning signs" indicative of the increasing alienation of the US military from its civilian leadership. He lists a series of actions demonstrating that "the U.S. military is now more alienated from its civilian leadership than at any time in American history, and more vocal about it." Kohn supports his charge by citing several examples: an Air Force major general making disparaging remarks about President Clinton during a basewide briefing, the "jeering" of a congressman during a speech to the Army's Command and General Staff College, and the alleged deliberate undermining of former secretary of defense Les Aspin by military officers in the wake of the Somalia disaster. Perhaps more seriously, Kohn suggests that the armed forces are becoming "Republicanized"- that is, dominated by supporters of a single political party.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *PUBLIC RELATIONS, *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, MILITARY HISTORY, AIR FORCE, POLITICAL SCIENCE, DISASTERS, LEADERSHIP, OFFICER PERSONNEL, ARMY, PUBLIC OPINION, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE