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Striking the Balance Between Civilian Control and Military Adaptability
Striking the Balance Between Civilian Control and Military Adaptability
Singapore Armed ForcesFEB
Journals, Magazines
In this essay, the author highlights that while civilian leadership may help to drive top-down military innovation in peacetime, a civil-military relationship characterised by directive civilian control breeds a culture of deference and thus negatively affects a military's spontaneity in adapting to current realities. By examining the changes in civil-military relations in Israel from 1985 to 2006 and its corresponding effects on the Israel Defense Force's adaptation in dealing with Hezbollah, the author aims to illustrate that heightened civilian constraints on the military impinge on the military's ability to strategically and operationally adapt to the character of the Second Lebanon War. The author concludes that civilian and military leaders should seek a balanced and supportive civil-military relationship and foster a conducive culture of initiative and independent thinking to enable better integration of top-down innovation and bottom-up adaptation.
Imprint:
Singapore, 2022
Collation:
9p.
Frequency:
Monthly, Feb 2022
Language:
English
BRN:
130526
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