Crisis, Agency, and Law in US Civil-Military Relations
This book develops a responsible and practical method for evaluating the success, failure, or “crisis” of American civil-military relations among its political and uniformed elite. The author’s premise is that currently there is no objectively fair way for the public at large or the strategic-level elites to assess whether the critical and often obscured relationships between Generals, Admirals, and Statesmen function as they ought to under the US constitutional system. By treating these relationships—in form and practice—as part of a wider principal (civilian)-agency (military) dynamic, the book tracks the “duties”—care, competence, diligence, confidentiality, scope of responsibility—and perceived shortcomings in the interactions between US civilian political authorities and their military advisors in both peacetime and in war.
2. The Opening Statement
3. The Case-in-Chief: What the Law Does (Not) Say
4. The Expert Witnesses: A Cross-Examination
5. The Expert Witnesses: Fingerprints of Agency
6. The Rebuttal Witnesses: From Agency to Norms to Diagnosis
7. Exhibit A: Scope of Responsibility and Authority
8. Boundaries, or A “Poverty of Useful and Unambiguous Authority?”
9. Exhibit B: When Fidelity and Frankness Conflict
10. Exhibit C: Amending the Goldwater-Nichols Act
11. Exhibit D: The Future Fallacy, A Civ-Mil Dialogue
12. Closing Argument
Daniel Maurer is a manthropologist and an editor of New York magazine's award-winning food and nightlife blog Grub Street. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Nerve.com, McSweeney's, and Metro. He lives in New York.