Breaking the general rule in the White House

Loren DeJonge Schulman analyses the military’s dominance in Trump’s White House

The World Today Published 1 June 2017 Updated 24 November 2020 4 minute READ

Loren DeJonge Schulman

Deputy Director of Studies, Centre for a New American Security

The past six months of the US political circus have been a gift for experts hungry for wider debate on civil-military relations.

Candidate Trump’s criticism of the US military, his threats to remove those military officials with whom he disagreed, and both his and Hillary Clinton’s solicitation of retired general officers’ endorsements generated a field day for civil-military pundits, forcing public debate on matters usually left to academia.

Subscribe to read all issues

Articles from the current issue are free to read by all, the archive is exclusive to magazine subscribers and our members. Subscribe or become a member to view articles from the archive.