Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Karl Eikenberry - William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at CISAC, CDDRL, TEC, and Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow; and Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Retired U.S. Army Lt. General
David Kennedy - Professor of History (Emeritus), Stanford

Published by
The New York Times, May 26, 2013

Stanford's Karl Eikenberry and David Kennedy discuss the implications of America's switch to an all-volunteer force. The consequences go beyond the military itself, impacting Congress, Presidents, and the general public. They conclude that the growing civil-military divide threatens the health of the American democracy.