LTG Benjamin Freakley, US Army and Lt Gen. Robert Schmidle and Paul Carrese
America’s Civil-Military Relations: Recent Pressures and Enduring Principles
Co-sponsored by the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership and ASU’s ROTC detachments – U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force The military remains the most trusted institution and profession in America, but this prominence is placing particular pressures on the longstanding and very successful tradition of civil-military relations in our constitutional order.
Political and or candidates of both major parties seek support from veterans and especially retired senior officers; and some senior officers in recent years have made quite partisan statements that may put at risk the crucial yet delicate agreement Americans have sustained since George Washington: that America needs a professional military, the military serves the Constitution and respects civilian control, but civilian leaders and the broader citizenry also will respect the distinct roles, rules, and discipline of the military. Do Americans generally – and our political leaders especially – really understand and abide by the principles of American civil-military relations? Are some senior retired officers not practicing those principles? What can all military members do to sustain and reinforce this great American achievement? The School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership is partnering with ASU’s three ROTC detachments to co-sponsor this webinar discussion with two retired senior military leaders – LTG Benjamin Freakley, US Army and Lt Gen. Robert Schmidle, US Marine Corps. SCETL Director Paul Carrese will be joined by faculty colleague Bruce Pagel, a retired US Army Colonel and Judge Advocate lawyer, to pose questions to our expert guests. We hope you will join us for, and invite others to join, this important conversation.