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Author Atkinson, Rob, 1957- author.

Title The limits of military officers' duty to obey civilian orders : a neo-classical perspective / Robert E. Atknson, Jr
Published Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (x, 59 pages)
Contents Introduction -- Huntington's functional derivation of military duty and civilian authority -- The limitations on military obedience implicit in Huntington's model -- Two exceptions to military obedience that prove a more basic rule for both military officers and civilian authorities -- Conclusion : not a simple, modern answer, but a unified neo-classical perspective
Summary "This monograph offers a neo-classically republican perspective on a perennial problem of civilian/military relations: limitations on military officers' obligation to obey civilian authorities. All commentators agree that military officers are generally obliged -- morally, professionally, and legally -- to obey civilian orders, even as they agree that this rule of obedience must admit of exceptions. Commentators tend to differ, however, on the basis and breadth of these exceptions. Following Samuel Huntington's classic analysis in The Soldier and the State, this monograph shows that disagreement about the breadth of the exceptions tends to assume that their bases -- moral, professional, and legal -- are incommensurable. It suggests, to the contrary, that all defensible exceptions to the rule of military obedience, like that rule itself, derive from a single neo-classical, Huntingtonian standard, binding on civilian authorities and military officers alike: the common good. This perspective promises significantly to reduce the range of disagreement over the limits of military obedience both in theory and in practice"--Publisher's web site
Notes "July 2015."
Paper version available for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 47-59)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SSI, viewed July 31, 2015)
Subject Huntington, Samuel P. Soldier and the state
Civil supremacy over the military.
Civil-military relations.
Military ethics.
Obedience (Law) -- Moral and ethical aspects
Civil-military relations.
Civil supremacy over the military.
Military ethics.
Form Electronic book
Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute, publisher.
Army War College (U.S.). Press, publisher.