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The Military in Politics: Political activity by service members can be risky if it is partisan or divisive

Logan, David C., Naval History, April 2018

“By tracing the social history of the U.S. military’s involvement in politics across three distinct eras it is clear how, in each period, the nature of military politicking was strongly shaped by broader social forces. 79 more words

Looking Beyond the Generals in the Room: The Real Cause of America’s Civil-Military Malaise

Raphael S. Cohen, War on the Rocks, March 29, 2018

“Given the established history of military or former military serving in senior positions in government, President Donald Trump’s choice of current and former generals as his cabinet secretaries, his chief of staff, his first two national security advisors, and a host of subcabinet positions is a change in degree, although perhaps not a change in kind, from the past. 30 more words

The Precarious State of Civil-Military Relations in the Age of Trump

Lindsey P. Cohn, War on the Rocks, March 28, 2018

“It is undeniable that someone with over 30 years of military experience has great insight into national security matters. 58 more words

America Needs a New National Security Act


Congress passed the National Security Act of 1947 in response to the rise of Communism and the Soviet Union’s growing global threat. 557 more words


The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2037

*Note: This essay was originally published on the Modern War Institute’s Commentary & Analysis site.

The memoir that follows takes us on a “darkly imagined excursion into the future.” 5,869 more words

Modern War Institute Site

Enough with Political Endorsements from Retired Military Officers

*Note: This essay was published at War on the Rocks on November 27, 2017. It can be found online here (or PDF). 

Recently, Dan Helmer, a West Point graduate running for a U.S. 148 more words


H106 Clausewitz and the American Military Profession

Clausewitz is famous for his comment that war is an extension of politics by other means. This is not the definition of war, but rather the context within which war takes place. 225 more words