1st Edition

Governing the Military

ISBN 9781138489783
Published July 3, 2018 by Routledge
98 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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Andrew L. Stigler is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College.


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