Dr. Mackubin Owens, Dean of Academics at IWP and editor of Orbis, the journal of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, will be speaking at a panel on the topic of civilian control of the military at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service on Friday, February 17. The panel is sponsored by the Texas A&M chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society. Dr. Owens will be joined on the panel by a professor from the Bush School and a professor of military science at Texas A&M.
Dr. Owens has argued in his book, US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain, that U.S. civil-military relations constitute a bargain among three parties: the military, the government, and the American people. This bargain is periodically renegotiated in response to changes in the geopolitical, sociological, and political spheres. He contends that the most recent of these renegotiations took place after WWII when the military became a central, as opposed to a peripheral, institution in the United States; during the Cold War, in response to the central role of nuclear weapons; and after the attacks of 9/11. A central question is this: are we in the midst of another civil-military renegotiation?