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    The current state of US civil-military relations

    I have nothing to add, but thought some here might find interesting the quoted section below excerpted from the following:

    FY 2018 Endgame: Assessing the State of Defense
    A commentary by Kathleen H. Hicks - at CSIS
    September 26, 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Hicks_at_CSIS
    ...concern over the state of civil-military relations is growing on the left and the right. The accelerant fueling this concern is the rise of the Joint Staff to assume the central role in staffing and advising the Secretary of Defense on a wide range of issues, a trendline that began in the latter days of the Obama administration. These issues—operational matters and the demise of access and influence from civilians within DoD—are today being subordinated to the higher goal of protecting Secretary Mattis from any criticism that might precipitate his departure. The Secretary of Defense is a bulwark against catastrophic operational decisions that could issue forth from the White House. Should he depart, the collective silence over the poor state of civil-military relations inside the Pentagon would likely leave with him.
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    The Precarious State of Civil-Military Relations in The Age of Trump
    A commentary by Lindsey P. Cohen - at War on the Rocks
    March 28, 2018
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    General Mattis, as a former Quantico Chief of Staff said. "When your a four star you're pretty squared away". Yet Obama fired him. https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/01/18...ames-mattis-2/

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