US Military Personnel--Instrumentalities in Foreign Affairs
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of this thesis is to consider the missions performed by US military personnel which place them in a position to influence foreign relations and to make recommendations which should enhance their use in this role. The thesis emphasizes the need of melding political and military means and objectives. Past failures to interrelate diplomatic and military goals are indicated along with examples where such coordination was handsomely rewarded. The thesis does not advocate an expanded effort by the armed services in foreign affairs, but does assert that many military personnel are in positions to influence foreign relations, which opens to the US Government many opportunities not now fully appreciated. Eight conclusions and accompanying recommendations have been derived from the study. In general, it is recommended that military personnel be capitalized on by the Departments of State and Defense in the conduct of foreign affairs, that military personnel be formally assigned roles in these areas, that selected training in international relations be afforded military personnel, and that adequate foreign policy guidance be given.
- Government and Political Science