With public trust in the military soaring, no wonder politicians want to keep their generals close. But what does that do to civil-military relations?
A former active Army officer and Iraq veteran, Raphael S. Cohen is a political scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation, an adjunct professor of Security Studies in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, and the author of "Demystifying the Citizen Soldier."
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The U.S. government loves to talk about the importance of strategy but doesn't know how to write a good one.
Raphael Cohen of RAND argues that the morale "crisis" currently afflicting the U.S. military is not due to combat stress, changes in U.S. military culture, or even cuts to military benefits, but rather stems from a perception that all the hard work and sacrifices made in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem to have achieved little.