Crisis, agency, and law in US civil-military relations / Daniel Maurer.

Author
Maurer, Daniel, Major [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
  • ©2017
Description
ix, 227 pages ; 22 cm

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This book develops a responsible and practical method for evaluating the success, failure, or "crisis" of American civil-military relations among its political and uniformed elite. The author's premise is that currently there is no objectively fair way for the public at large or the strategic-level elites to assess whether the critical and often obscured relationships between Generals, Admirals, and Statesmen function as they ought to under the US constitutional system. By treating these relationships--in form and practice--as part of a wider principal (civilian)-agency (military) dynamic, the book tracks the "duties"--care, competence, diligence, confidentiality, scope of responsibility--and perceived shortcomings in the interactions between US civilian political authorities and their military advisors in both peacetime and in war.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • The opening statement
  • The case-in-chief: what the law does (not) say
  • The expert witnesses: a cross-examination
  • The expert witnesses: the fingerprints of agency
  • The rebuttal witnesses: from agency to norms to diagnosis
  • Exhibit A: scope of responsibility and authority
  • Boundaries, or a "poverty of useful and unambiguous authority"?
  • Exhibit B: when fidelity and frankness conflict
  • Exhibit C: amending the Goldwater-Nichols Act
  • Exhibit D: the future fallacy: a civ-mil dialogue
  • Closing argument.
ISBN
  • 9783319535258 ((hardcover ; : acid-free paper))
  • 3319535250 ((hardcover ; : acid-free paper))
LCCN
2017937395
OCLC
968647988
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