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Parameters of Partnership: U.S. Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century Paperback – January 15, 2009


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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145282956X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452829562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought the 2014 version on Amazon. Apparently originally issued in 2009 no indication of that date on copy I received. And no entries in bibliography after 2009. Still common courtesy much less helping readers understand its rather obsolete nature would be of assistance.

Still the book makes for interesting reading since it is largely a survey of officialdom, civil and military, that have by education, training or experience, with knowledge of the subject. It repeats many homilies that apparently required no further analysis or much discussion, for example, the oft repeated phrase that civilian control of the military is the US history.

With the erection of the concept known as the DEEP STATE perhaps this opening survey might well need to be repeated.

I will pick out five sentences or paragraphs that I think are at least partially accurate but need further in depth analysis I also commend Mackubin Thomas Owens 2011 tome US CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS AFTER 9/11!.

1. Extract from page 24:

Section heading: Individuals and their personal relationships are the single most important factors in the civil-military relationship!

The several page discussion attempts to develop this thesis. But IMO if true then it indicates a complete failure to design a rational system of civil-military relations that can defend the USA. Certainly loyalty and friendships are factors but I for one hope that even in situations of crisis a system must be able to overcome what may be irrational behavior.

2. Extract from page 30.

Under the paragraph ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES is the section heading: The apolitical status of military leaders must be protected.

Again a several page discussion ensues.
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