When we speak of civil-military relations, we can think of three generations:
- The first focused on coups and the threat militaries posed to democracies
- The second focused on how democracies control their militaries and whether there are gaps between the two groups.
- The newest focuses on getting the military and civilians to work together well in a "comprehensive approach" or "whole of government effort" as counter-insurgency or state-building is pursued.
Officers messing around with civilians.
Anyhow, it looks like I am going to have to explain what civil-military relations is NOT for the next year or three. Oy squared.