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Former Pentagon leaders warn of strains on civil-military connections


Pentagon former defense secretaries and top generals warned on Tuesday that political polarization and other social tensions creating “exceptionally complex” environment for maintaining traditional relationship between military and civilian worlds.

Evaluation is the basis of emergency open letter signed by eight former defense secretaries and five former chairmen of Joint Chiefs of Staff of Employees. Adhering to the military tradition of non-partisan, leaders do not blame any political leader or party for situation, but be aware that last presidential elections were first in more how century have a peaceful translation of power violated.

former This was stated by the leaders of the Pentagon. current environment challenges for diversity of reasons, including deep political divisions and the consequences of coronavirus pandemic, and they say they fear the situation could worsen.

At the same time the US military put an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan “without all satisfactorily achieved goals” and is preparing for “more awesome competition” with other nations, the leaders write.

“Looking ahead, all of these factors may well worsen before they improve,” the letter said. “In such an environment it is useful review basic principles and best practice by which civil and military professionals conducted a healthy American civicmilitary connections in in past – and can continue to do so if he is vigilant and attentive.

Signatories of letter published Tuesday morning by War on rocks, including former two Donald Trump presidents confirmed defense secretaries, Jim Mattis and Mark T. Esper, both of who faced with president and were removed from their positions. Mattis, after leaving the office, denounced Trump as a threat to the US Constitution who tried to turn Americans against one the other, while Esper resisted Trump’s wishes use active-duty troops against people protest against the police killing of George Floyd and later said Trump was not a good fit for office.

Signatories also enable earlier defense secretaries of both Republican and Democratic administrations, and each of Retired senior Pentagon officers since October 2001: Air Force General Richard Myers, Marine Corps General Peter Pace, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, Army General Martin Dempsey, and Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

Genesis of the letter was a discussion that began in spring between Dempsey and Peter Fever, civilmilitary affairs scientist who he is sometimes consulted by Pentagon leaders and who teaches with Dempsey at Duke University. They are wanted define best practices for civilmilitary affairs after Trump and some of his advisers alarmed Pentagon leaders with their rhetoric and ideas, Fever said.

“We realized that there is need for reformulation of which means civil control, and how it applies,” Feever said. “It was amazing that when General Dempsey reached out them to get them involved, to the person they said, “Oh, yes. It is important. We need to do this. ”

Feaver said there was some bargaining among the signatories. over wording and tone before they were established on in final version.

“There was a desire to sure that this document was not biased and sound like party criticism of any single person,” Feever said.

Mullen, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. in interview that he concerned that the United States is “on in threshold of lose democracy”, describing January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol as a wakeup call.

Virtually “everything is politicized” nowadays, Mullen said. great pressure on military leaders to ignore their non-partisan traditions.

“We live in surprisingly confusing times and clarity on this is issue very important,” Mullen said. “It’s a really dangerous time for us in in the military out there to try to politicize us more, so clarity is really important here.”

Chuck Hagel, former Republican senator who served defense secretary in the Obama administration said he grew up concerned about “irresponsible” and “hot” political attacks on US institutions ahead of the midterm elections.

Continuation false Allegations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged have led many Americans to question their beliefs. government authority, and Republican legislators are now warning what if they take back House of Representatives, they’ll attack the Justice Department leaders who Hagel noted that Trump’s possible wrongdoing was being investigated.

“When you add all of it gives you a feeling for where we are going and worry about our futureHagel said.

The letter states that democracy requires “civil and military leaders – and they are ordinary lead – to adopt and implement effective civil control” of United States military. Letter also says that civil control of in military may be exercised by the judiciary when the administration decisions disputed and that the decision of the court is decisive because military managers are required by law and professional ethics to refuse out illegal or unconstitutional orders.

military officials required carry out lawful orders, albeit doubting their wisdom, but civil officials should “provide military ample opportunity to express your doubts in relevant places”, letter adds. Military officials may ask questions about second- and third-order effects and offer alternative ideas, the leaders say.

Letter also notes that there are “significant limitations on in public role of military personnel in partisan politics”, and what military and civic leaders both “should diligently enforce military separate from party political activity.”

Letter comes as Trump continues to weigh another run for the president. Officials advising Trump in 2020 openly put forward the idea of having military intervene in voting disputes, tips senior Army officials say “no role for United States military in determination of result of American Elections.

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