Accession Number:

ADA510131

Title:

US Military Personnel--Instrumentalities in Foreign Affairs

Descriptive Note:

Student thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-04-08

Pagination or Media Count:

85.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE