US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain

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This is a thorough survey of the key issues that surround the relations between the military and its civilian control in the US today. Civil-military relations in America have essentially been a bargain to determine the responsibilities and prerogatives of the civilian leadership on one hand and the military on the other. Circumstances, be they political, social, or other, may render the terms of the bargain obsolete, resulting in tensions that call for their renegotiation. For example, substantial renegotiation of civil-military relations took place at the end of the Cold War and after the attacks of 9/11. Such debates bring on new answers to the four questions that lie at the heart of civil-military relations: Who controls the military and how? Who serves? What is the appropriate role of the military? and What degree of military influence is appropriate in a liberal society? "US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11" examines the answers to these questions in their historical context, both pre- and post-9/11. This timely work will be an essential text for anyone studying public policy, civil-military relations, and securities studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441160836
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/27/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,504,762
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mackubin Thomas Owens is Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research and Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and Editor of Orbis, FPRI's journal. He was Editor-In-Chief of the defense journal Strategic Review from 1990 to 1997. He is co-editor of a textbook, Strategy and Force Planning, now in its fourth edition.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Theory and Practice of Civil-Military Relations
Influences on US Civil—Military Relations Theories of Civil—Military Relations Samuel Huntington: An Institutional Theory of Civil—Military Relations Morris Janowitz: The Sociological Response to Huntington Post-Cold War Theorizing: Desch, Avant, and Langston Peter Feaver: Agency Theory and Civil—Military Relations Civil-Military Relations and the "Invitation to Struggle" Between the President and Congress Concordance Theory Civil—Military Relations and Strategic Assessment Conclusion

Chapter 2: Control of the Military and the Military's Influence on American Society
The Erosion of Civilian Control?
The "Normal" Theory of Civil-Military Relations Public Acrimony Military "Pushback"
Civilian Control During the Bush Administration Continuing Civil-Military Tensions in the Obama Administration Military Dissent The Military's Influence in America Conclusion

Chapter 3: The Role of the Military and Military Effectiveness
Military Effectiveness in the Context of Military Roles: The Constraints of Service Culture and Civil-Military Relations The Use of the Military in Domestic Affairs Patterns of Civil-Military Relations and the Making of Strategy Patterns of Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness Donald Rumsfeld and Strategic Assessment for the Iraq War Robert Gates and Civil-Military Relations Conclusion

Chapter 4 Who Serves?
The Citizen-Soldier The All-Volunteer Military and the Civil-Military "Gap"
A Postmodern American Military?
The Functional Imperative and the Nature of War Contending With the Nature of War: Military Culture or Ethos Women in the Military Homosexuals in the Military Religious "Diversity"

Chapter 5 Renegotiating the US Civil-Military Bargain into the Future
The Domestic Political Context of the Future Civil-Military Bargain Thinking About the Future International Security Environment The Future Security Environment Civil-Military Realignments The Future of American Civil-Military Relations Civil-Military Relations and Professional Military Education Conclusion

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    As someone who has taught an undergraduate elective in civil-military relations, I've read most of the books Mackubin Owens references in this concise, well-written argument. Even with my level of familiarity with the subject, I was blown away by how he accurately and eloquently lays out the history of civil-military relations in the U.S., the issues that complicate that relationship in the wake of 9/11, and the solutions he puts forth. This book should be read by military leaders and civilian leaders alike in the national security establishment, as well as concerned citizens. If you're only going to read one book on the subject, this is the book to read. Ed Cox, author of Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship

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