The Egyptian Military Elite: An Operational Code
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis attempts to define the decision space of Egyptian military leaders and to provide a tool for predicting future Egyptian military attitudes and decisions. The operational code construct developed by Alexander George and others is used. The author analyzed 1 the decision-making process of Egyptian military leaders, and 2 the operational code as a vehicle for predicting decision-making processes of political groups. The Egyptian military is both the dominant factor in Egyptian politics and the training ground for political leaders. One hundred six speeches and interviews between 1955 and 1975 provided the data for constructing the code. Findings 1 The Egyptian military elite has a common approach to decision making born of common experience and social background 2 They see the political universe in perpetual conflict and will continue to feel that the only answer is strong and decisive action at the correct historical moment and 3 The operational code, although flawed, is an excellent tool for analyzing group decision-making parameters.
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