Reliefs from Command: Civil-Military Lessons for Military Professionals?
In June 2008 Afghan President Hamid Karzai stands alongside, left to right, U.S. Army General Dan K. McNeill, outgoing NATO ISAF commander; German Army General Egon Ramms, commander of NATO's AJT-Brunssum; and U.S. Army General David D. McKiernan, incoming NATO ISAF commander.  (Photo: DoD)  



Professor Charles Allen
Department of Command, Leadership, and Management

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



The relief of two four-star operational commanders in Afghanistan, America's "war of necessity," warrants an examination of not only civil-military relations but also leader-follower dynamics and the question of to what degree there was a disconnect between these senior leaders and their bosses.

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