Warriors and Citizens

Warriors and Citizens

American Views of Our Military

Editors: Kori N. Schake, James Mattis
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1934-4
Publication Date: 8/1/2016
Pages: 344

Is there a gap between our military and our broader society?

It has been said that 1 percent of our citizens serve and go to war and that 99 percent go to the mall. In Warriors and Citizens, a diverse group of contributors offers perspectives on whether or not the different experiences of our military and the broader society are fraying the traditional civil relationship—and if the American public is losing connection to its military. The authors analyze extensive polling information to identify gaps between civilian and military attitudes on issues central to the military profession and the professionalism of our military, determine which if any of those gaps are problematic for sustaining the traditionally strong bonds between the American military and its broader public, analyze whether such gaps are amenable to remediation by policy means, and assess potential solutions.

The contributors also explore public disengagement and the effect of high levels of public support for the military combined with low levels of trust in elected political leaders—both recurring themes in their research. They also reflect on whether American society is becoming divorced from the requirements for success on the battlefield so that not only will it fail to comprehend our military but be willing to tolerate a military constituted along more traditional lines to protect our more progressive society.

Contributors: Rosa Brooks, Matthew Colford, Thomas Donnelly, Peter Feaver, Jim Golby, Jim Hake, Tod Lindberg, Jim Mattis, Mackubin Thomas Owens, Cody Poplin, Nadia Schadlow, Kori Schake, A. J. Sugarman, Lindsay Cohn Warrior, Benjamin Wittes

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James Mattis

General Jim Mattis was the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution until being confirmed as the 26th United States Secretary of Defense. He studied national security issues, specifically strategy, innovation, the effective use of military force and the Middle East while writing a book on leadership.


Kori N. Schake

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She teaches Thinking About War at Stanford, is a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, and a contributor to War on the Rocks.


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Chapter 1: A Great Divergence? by Kori N. Schake and Jim Mattis
Chapter 2: Civil-Military Paradoxes, by Rosa Brooks
Chapter 3: Is Civilian Control of the Military Still an Issue?, by Mackubin Thomas Owens
Chapter 4: Thanks for Your Service: Civilian and Veteran Attitudes after Fifteen Years of War, by Jim Golby, Lindsay P. Cohn, and Peter D. Feaver
Chapter 5: Public Opinion, Military Justice, and the Fight against Terrorism Overseas, by Benjamin Wittes and Cody Poplin
Chapter 6: Public Opinion and the Making of Wartime Strategies, by Nadia Schadlow
Chapter 7: Testing the “Flournoy Hypothesis”: Civil-Military Relations in the Post-9/11 Era, by Thomas Donnelly
Chapter 8: The “Very Liberal” View of the US Military, by Tod Lindberg
Chapter 9: Young Person’s Game: Connecting with Millennials, by Matthew Colford and Alec J. Sugarman
Chapter 10: A Model for Connecting Civilians and the Military, by Jim Hake
Chapter 11: Ensuring a Civil-Military Connection, by Kori Schake and Jim Mattis

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