Call to Action: Where Does Duty Lie?

Civilian Control and Military Advice: Moral Courage or Insubordination?

The most recent chapters in the nation’s twenty year war in Afghanistan have been intensely frustrating and deeply personal for many Americans, especially veterans and those still wearing the uniform.  Some are pointing to a crisis of leadership at the highest levels of the military establishment—the DOD, the Services and the Geographic Combatant Commands.  Others look back at the experience of strategic defeat and moral failings of senior leadership in Vietnam as analyzed in “Dereliction of Duty” by then Lieutenant Colonel H.R. McMaster.  The coming weeks and months will inevitably be replete with recriminations, studies and analysis, investigation, and testimony all wrapped in today’s partisan politics. 

For today’s military professionals what are the most salient lessons about leadership, duty and the authorities of military command and control in our democracy?  What changes may be required to manage the effects of political expediency on strategic and operational plans?


Also, be sure to check out these other articles on the topic listed below!

An article on the broader impact of current U.S. military culture on the conduct of irregular wars by Col (Ret) Andrew Milburn originally published in the Small Wars Journal: Losing Small Wars: Why US Military Culture Leads to Defeat

An article by LtCol Brian Kerg originally published in USNI Proceeding speaking directly to the issue of how “resigning in protest” may be treated in the Naval Service: How Active-Duty Officers Should Criticize Policy and Practice


MCA members, as well as non-members, are welcome to post in their respective comments sections below!


Non-MCA Member Comments

Non-Member Blog Comments

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

MCA Member Comments

Related Posts

img

Ignorance and Arrogance Exposed

Copyright Marine Corps Association Aug 1997 by LtGen Victor H. Krulak, USMC(Ret) DERELICTION OF DUTY: Johnson, McNamara, the joint Chiefs of Staff, and

Read More icon
img

Letter to the Editor: Dereliction of Duty

Copyright Marine Corps Association Nov 1997 by LtCol F.G. Hoffman, USMCR I am writing to add some comments to LtGen Victor H. Krulak’s review of

Read More icon
img

Leading Through Change

Copyright Marine Corps Association Jan 2010 A tough decision is pending by LtCol Michael D. Grice In the dynamic and free society that is the United

Read More icon
img

Warriors and Their Lawyers

Copyright Marine Corps Association Apr 2010 Where are our leaders? by LtCol Forrest R. Lindsey, USMC(Ret) I received an e-mail several months ago

Read More icon
img

Rethinking ‘Loyalty’

Copyright Marine Corps Association Aug 2011 What is its value? by LtCoI J.P. Hesford, Jr., USMC(Ret) As an organization that lives by the credo,

Read More icon
img

The Current State of Marine Corps Leadership

Copyright Marine Corps Association Oct 2018 A case for cultural regression by Maj Stanley E. Bednar “You can’t connect the dots looking

Read More icon
img

Innovative Warrior

Copyright Marine Corps Association Feb 2019 Can the Marine Corps bridge the outlier and overachiever gap? by Majs Steven Karsten & Robert Boudreau,

Read More icon
Comments