Responsibilities of Civilian Leaders and Military Advisors for National Security Policies
President Barack Obama with Defense Secretary Gates and the Service Chiefs, Jan. 28, 2009, during his first visit to the Pentagon after becoming commander-in-chief. The President was getting the Service Chiefs' input on the potential ways ahead in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)  



COL (ret) Charles D. Allen
USAWC Department of Command Leadership and Management

Dr. Breena E. Coates
California State University

The views expressed in the document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, California State University, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



Military officers have much to offer in terms of knowledge gained from operations to provide as potentially relevant input for strategic decision-making. Yet frequently engagement between the public administration community and its military counterparts is less effective than desirable? Colonel (retired) Allen and Dr. Coates examine the issue and suggest renewed approaches.

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