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Civilian Control

October 27, 2022

Episode Notes

Eric and Eliot welcome Duke University professor, Peter Feaver, to discuss the state of civil-military relations, the recent statement on the subject by former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretaries of Defense, the damage done to civil-military relations under Trump, and how to repair the damage. They also discuss with Peter, who drafted the 2006 National Security Strategy document issued by the Bush 43 Administration for his views on the Biden National Security Strategy as well as the utility of publicly published strategy documents as a genre.

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Statement by Former Chairmen of the Join Chiefs of Staff and the Secretaries of Defense (

The Soldier and the State by Samuel Huntington (

Report by the Commission on the National Defense Strategy (

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