The Political-Military Rivalry for Operational Control in U.S. Military Actions: A Soldier’s Perspective

Author: COL Lloyd J Matthews

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The author presents a soldier’s perspective of the operational implications of instant access to the battlefield by civilian leaders in Washington. It also suggests steps that might be taken to assure constructive collaboration between military and civil authorities, leaving each group to make its own essential contribution to success in the nation’s military undertakings around the world.