Accession Number : ADA602164


Title :   Culture Wars: Air Force Culture and Civil-Military Relations


Descriptive Note : Drew paper no. 10


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST


Personal Author(s) : Donnithorne, Jeffrey W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a602164.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 124


Abstract : This work studies American civil-military relations at the level of an individual military service and considers the impact of the Air Force's organizational culture on its civil-military relationship. Whereas most of the literature on civil-military relations treats the military as a unitary actor, this study considers the services as separate entities with unique self-interests. Furthermore each of the four services is understood to have a unique organizational culture that guides and constrains its members' thinking. Using the structural framework of agency theory, in this work I explore the causal impact of the Air Force's organizational culture on its calculus of cooperating with or resisting a national policy. I review the relevant literature on civil-military relations and organizational theory and then build a conceptual bridge between them. Next, the work considers the history of the Air Force to discern several basic assumptions that shape its unique culture. These cultural insights then inform two case studies--Operation Desert Storm and Operations Northern and Southern Watch--that demonstrate the causal impact of the Air Force's culture on its civil-military relationship. In the final section I summarize the key findings of the study and suggest logical trailheads for extending this line of research.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE , *COMMUNITY RELATIONS , CASE STUDIES , CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , CULTURE , DOCUMENTS , HISTORY , IMPACT , IRAQ , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , ORGANIZATIONS , POLICIES , THEORY , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE