Accession Number : AD1001901

Title :   What Military Officers Need to Know About Civil-Military Relations

Descriptive Note : Journal Article

Corporate Author : Naval War College Newport United States

Personal Author(s) : Owens,Mackubin T

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Report Date : 01 Apr 2012

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Civil-military relations describe the interactions among the people of a state, the institutions of that state, and the military of the state. At the institutional level, there are two hands on the sword.1 The civil hand determines when to draw it from the scabbard and thence guides it in its use. This is the dominant hand of policy, the purpose for which the sword exists in the first place. The military's hand sharpens the sword for use and wields it in combat.

Descriptors :   national security , Civilian population , national politics , foreign policy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE