2021
DOI: 10.1017/s1537592721000013
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Ronald R. Krebs, Robert Ralston, Aaron Rapport

Abstract: An influential model of democratic civil-military relations insists that civilian politicians and officials, accountable to the public, have “the right to be wrong” about the use of force: they, not senior military officers, decide when force will be used and set military strategy. While polls have routinely asked about Americans’ trust in the military, they have rarely probed deeply into Americans’ views of civil-military relations. We report and analyze the results of a June 2019 survey that yields two impor…

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