Beyond the resignation debate: a new framework for civil-military dialogue

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Author: Maj Jim Golby
Date: Fall 2015
From: Strategic Studies Quarterly(Vol. 9, Issue 3)
Publisher: Air Force Research Institute
Document Type: Article
Length: 10,675 words

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Abstract :

Recent debates about whether senior military officers can offer public dissent or resign in protest have a disproportionate impact on civil-military relations. As a result, many discussions focus primarily on how the civil-military dialogue has broken down and offer little advice to senior officers about how they can--and should--engage properly in effective civil-military dialogue. Scholars should begin a more constructive discussion about how to best integrate military advice into today's policy-making process. Although military expertise is imperfect and only one input policy makers should consider, a forthright, candid civil-military dialogue decreases the likelihood of strategic miscalculation and increases the odds of effective policy making. To complement scholarly discussions that discourage political activity by military officers, this article develops a Clausewitzian framework for introducing military advice into what is always a political context. It offers practical suggestions for military officers and hopes to stimulate further debate about what positive norms could shape the civil-military dialogue.

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Source Citation
Golby, Maj Jim. "Beyond the resignation debate: a new framework for civil-military dialogue." Strategic Studies Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 3, 2015, p. 18+. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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