To Resign or Not Resign...The Use of Senior Officer Retirements as a Political Tool
Air War College Maxwell AFB United States
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This paper looks at current literature and models for military dissent through political retirements and then applies these to case studies of Gen Ronald Fogleman, GEN Eric Shinseki, and GEN Stanley McChrystal. Based on the application of these cases, the paper illustrates senior military leaders should not retire for purely political reasons rather other forms of dissent should be utilized.