This project seeks to characterize changes in the civil-military dynamic, understand how they may affect major areas of national security and foreign policy, and develop recommended courses of action for civilians and military professionals alike
Introducing Command Climate
On May 23, 2017, CSIS's International Security Program hosted an all-day conference on U.S. civil-military relations. To set the stage, senior fellow Alice Friend interviewed a few of the country's top scholars and practitioners.
Erin Simpson: Principals, Agents, and Civil-Military Relations
Dr. Erin Simpson discusses the perennial challenges of command and civilian control, her experiences in Afghanistan, and how much the armed forces should reflect society.
Marybeth Ulrich: Policy, Politics, and the Military Profession
Dr. Marybeth Ulrich of the U.S. Army War College discusses military advice and standards for military professionalism in policymaking.
The Civil-Military Bargain Is a Result of What We Ask the Military to Do
Dr. MacKubin Thomas Owens surveys the history of American civil-military bargains, and argues that we may be in the midst of a renegotiation. He also discusses how the way we think about using military force affects the civil-military dynamic.
America's Military? The Growing Gap between the Armed Forces and American Society
Dr. Michael Desch argues that we should think more about the social aftermath of the post-9/11 wars. Will military institutions respond to Iraq and Afghanistan by insulating themselves from civilian influence socially and operationally? Will non-veteran citizens learn about and connect meaningfully with their neighbors who served?
Richard Kohn: The Civil-Military Relationship is Situational
Dr. Richard Kohn, military historian and unofficial dean of the community of civil-military relations scholars, talks about the full range of civil-military issues today: the military’s relationship with American society, civilian elites’ responsibility to the armed forces, military politicization, and the risks when civilians cede control of the military.
All content by Civil-Military Relations
- Civic Education (1)
- Climate Change (1)
- Counterterrorism and Homeland Security (1)
- Defense and Security (18)
- Defense Budget and Acquisition (2)
- Defense Industry, Acquisition, and Innovation (2)
- Defense Strategy and Capabilities (7)
- Geopolitics and International Security (5)
- Military Technology (2)
- Technology and Innovation (1)
US Army’s Priorities with GEN McConville, Army Chief of Staff
Event by Mark F. Cancian and General James C. McConville — March 8, 2022
A Conversation with GEN Van Ovost, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command
Event by Seth G. Jones and GEN Jacqueline Van Ovost — February 2, 2022
A Conversation with LTG Jensen, Director of US Army National Guard
Event by Mark F. Cancian and Lt General Jon A. Jensen — October 20, 2021
Mr. Austin Goes to Washington?
Podcast Episode — December 18, 2020
The Military and the Media
Podcast Episode — December 4, 2020
Thank Them For Their Service
Podcast Episode — November 13, 2020
The Military and the Election
Podcast Episode — October 30, 2020
Race and the Military
Podcast Episode — October 16, 2020
The American History of Vietghanistan, Part 2
Podcast Episode — October 2, 2020
Inside the Outpost
Podcast Episode — September 25, 2020