Accession Number:

ADA533949

Title:

Tinted Blue: Air Force Culture and American Civil-Military Relations

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL STRATEGIC STUDIES QUARTERLY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

If war is an extension of politics by other means,1 then civil-military dialogue is the birthplace of that extension. The logical continuity of politics and war requires a functional continuity of effective civil-military exchange. This effectiveness hinges both on normative democratic ideals as well as a deep appreciation of the others material interests. To improve the clarity of civil-military dialogue, this article explores the cultural roots of military self-interest. While civil-military relations in the United States are generally healthy, military and civilian policymakers do not always agree on the proper means to secure their common ends. Even the best of civil-military relationships must endure a messy hybrid of cooperation and resistance between principal stakeholders. A military that believes in and submits to civilian control is still a military that harbors its own interests.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE