Accession Number : ADA404432


Title :   Bridging the Civil Military Gap Capitalizing on Crisis


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Lemire, Judith K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a404432.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2002


Pagination or Media Count : 43


Abstract : Researchers have identified a civil-military gap, an observable cultural distinction between members of the American military and the civilian society from which they are recruited. This gap appears as a political gap, with an increasingly Republican identification of military elites and an experience gap with fewer of the electorate and elected government officials having military experience. When a crisis emerges, such as the September 11th attacks, the apparent outpouring of patriotism and media interest would indicate a desire by the civilian populous to draw closer to the military, creating an opportunity to close or at least narrow this gap. The media are a key player, as they serve as the most visible link between the military and the civilian society that it serves. This paper examines the nature of the civil-military gap, approaches for narrowing that gap, and how the increased interest evident during crisis can be used to implement those suggestions.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *MILITARY PLANNING , MILITARY PERSONNEL , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , CIVIL DEFENSE , LEADERSHIP , PEACETIME , SOCIETIES , INTERACTIONS , CIVILIAN POPULATION , PUBLIC OPINION , CIVIC ACTION


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE