A military is the most significant tool of a nation’s foreign policy, and (hopefully) the tool of last resort. Yet the control a civilian leader has over the military is, in many respects, an encumbered and fractured control. The military’s organizational culture, role in society, size, and considerable autonomy are potential obstacles to true civilian control over the military even in peacetime. A brief but historically informed text intended for students of the presidency or national security, Governing the Military addresses the gamut of challenges a new U.S. President faces as commander-in-chief.
Praise for Governing the Military
Crisply written, interesting, and enlightening, even for those who consider themselves well-versed in these matters. Stigler digs into the most important military topics and offers sage advice to future presidents and interested laymen alike. A wonderful little book.
Christopher J. Fettweis, Tulane University
1 The Military’s Role: Society and Congress
2 The Peacetime Military
3 Counterterrorism and Drone Warfare
4 The Crucible of Crisis
5 The Decision for War
6 Strategic Change in Wartime
7 The Task of Postwar Reconstruction
The books in the Presidential Briefings series provide concise and readable introductions to topics of general interest to students of the presidency. By approaching their subjects from the vantage point of what a president most needs to know, and what we as citizens most need to know about the presidency, these books provide a highly practical and accessible overview of an important subject related to the presidency. This series provides a wonderful opportunity for scholars, whether new or established, to publish concise and authoritative books on a wide range of presidency topics.