Warriors and citizens american views of our military

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Warriors and Citizens

warriors and citizens american views of our military

A diverse group of contributors offer different perspectives on whether or not the different experiences of our military and the broader society amounts to a.

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Kori N. Schake , James N. A diverse group of contributors offer different perspectives on whether or not the different experiences of our military and the broader society amounts to a "gap"--and if the American public is losing connection to its military. They analyze extensive polling information to identify those gaps between civilian and military attitudes on issues central to the military profession and the professionalism of our military, determine which if any of these gaps are problematic for sustaining the traditionally strong bonds between the American military and its broader public, analyze whether any problematic gaps are amenable to remediation by policy means, and assess potential solutions. The contributors also explore public disengagement and the effect of high levels of public support for the military combined with very low levels of trust in elected political leaders--both recurring themes in their research.

Pre-order this book today. It has been said that 1 percent of our citizens serve and go to war and that 99 percent go to the mall. In Warriors and Citizens , a diverse group of contributors offers perspectives on whether or not the different experiences of our military and the broader society are fraying the traditional civil relationship—and if the American public is losing connection to its military. The authors analyze extensive polling information to identify gaps between civilian and military attitudes on issues central to the military profession and the professionalism of our military, determine which if any of those gaps are problematic for sustaining the traditionally strong bonds between the American military and its broader public, analyze whether such gaps are amenable to remediation by policy means, and assess potential solutions. The contributors also explore public disengagement and the effect of high levels of public support for the military combined with low levels of trust in elected political leaders—both recurring themes in their research.



Warriors & Citizens

Jump to content. Do the different experiences of our military and the broader society amount to a gap in relations? In Warriors and Citizens , a group of expert contributors answer these and other questions about the current relationship between our military and our society as a whole.

Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military

We initiated this project out of curiosity about whether, after forty years of an all-volunteer force, a small force relative to our overall population, and twelve years of continuous warfare, the American public was losing connection to its military. Our concern was not loss of connection in the sense that preoccupies academic experts on civil-military relations in the United States — a military insubordinate to civilian control. We saw scant evidence of that in either our policymaking or military experience. Rather, with less than one half of one percent of the American public currently serving in our military see figure 1. Whether or not the different experiences of our military and the broader society amount to a "gap" and whether such a gap is adequately defined seemed worthy areas to delve into.

Is there a gap between our military and our broader society? It has been said that 1 percent of our citizens serve and go to war and that 99 percent go to the mall. In Warriors and Citizens , a diverse group of contributors offers perspectives on whether or not the different experiences of our military and the broader society are fraying the traditional civil relationship—and if the American public is losing connection to its military. The authors analyze extensive polling information to identify gaps between civilian and military attitudes on issues central to the military profession and the professionalism of our military, determine which if any of those gaps are problematic for sustaining the traditionally strong bonds between the American military and its broader public, analyze whether such gaps are amenable to remediation by policy means, and assess potential solutions. The contributors also explore public disengagement and the effect of high levels of public support for the military combined with low levels of trust in elected political leaders—both recurring themes in their research.

We undertook this project to better understand attitudes of the American public about their military forty years into having an all-volunteer force and after fifteen years of being continuously at war. The YouGov data show that Americans understand fundamental responsibility for war strategy lies with elected political leaders. The public sees policy elites incapable of winning our ill-defined wars, implausibly expecting military force to produce sophisticated political, economic, and cultural outcomes. Strategy divorced from politics is unsustainable. It is inherently a political undertaking.

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