Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts “Mind the Gap”: Post-Iraq Civil-Military Relations in America

“Mind the Gap”: Post-Iraq Civil-Military Relations in America

Date : Mon., October 15, 2007 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Category : FPRI in D.C.

On October 15, 2007, FPRI’s Program on National Security held a conference on American civil-military relations, hosted and co-sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C. Mackubin T. Owens, Frank G. Hoffman, Michael P. Noonan, and Robert Feidler, director of Strategic Defense Education at the ROA, served as panel moderators. In attendance were more than 100 individuals from academia, government, NGOs, the media, the military, and the public; nearly 300 individuals from several continents participated by live webcast. Overall, most participants seemed to agree that American civil-military relations were troubled even before the Iraq war, which conflict has only exacerbated frictions. FPRI thanks W.W. Keen Butcher, Robert L. Freedman, Bruce H. Hooper, and Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. for their support of this conference. The views expressed herein are those of the speakers and should not be construed to represent any agency of the U.S. government or other institution.

Topics and Speakers

Panel 1: The Military and Society

John Allen Williams

Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago

Thomas E. Ricks

Military Correspondent, Washington Post

Elizabeth Stanley

Assistant Professor of Government, Georgetown University

Mackubin Thomas Owens

Naval War College and Senior Fellow, FPRI

Panel 2: Interagency Process (International)

Bernard Carreau

Senior Fellow, Center for Technology and National Security, National Defense University

Nadia Schadlow

Senior Program Officer, Smith Richardson Foundation

A. Heather Coyne

Senior Program Officer, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, United States Institute for Pe

Frank G. Hoffman

Senior Fellow, FPRI


Ike Skelton

Chair, House Armed Services Committee

Panel 3: Operation Iraqi Freedom and Civil-Military Relations

Frank G. Hoffman

Senior Fellow, FPRI

Peter Feaver

Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science, Duke University

Richard Kohn

Professor of History, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill

Michael P. Noonan

Director - National Security Program

Panel 4: Professional Ethics and Dissent

Don M. Snider

Visiting Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College (on

Gregory Newbold

USMC (ret.)

Peter Hegseth

Vets for Freedom

Lt. Gen. Dennis McCarthy

USMC (Ret.) and Executive Director, ROA



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