Contemporary Civil-Military Relations: Is the Republic in Danger?
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Within the last year, Richard Kohn, former chief of the Office of Air Force History, catalyzed an increasingly heated debate concerning the alleged politicization of the American military. In an article entitled Out of Control The Crisis in Civil-Military Relations, Kohn identifies warning signs indicative of the increasing alienation of the US military from its civilian leadership. He lists a series of actions demonstrating that the U.S. military is now more alienated from its civilian leadership than at any time in American history, and more vocal about it. Kohn supports his charge by citing several examples an Air Force major general making disparaging remarks about President Clinton during a basewide briefing, the jeering of a congressman during a speech to the Armys Command and General Staff College, and the alleged deliberate undermining of former secretary of defense Les Aspin by military officers in the wake of the Somalia disaster. Perhaps more seriously, Kohn suggests that the armed forces are becoming Republicanized- that is, dominated by supporters of a single political party.
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