A State Department official and an Air Force Colonel meet at an air base in Kyrgyzstan. The United States needs the right mix of civilian and military presence around the world.
A State Department official and an Air Force Colonel meet at an air base in Kyrgyzstan. The United States needs the right mix of civilian and military presence around the world.
(Staff Sgt. Tabitha Kuykendall/Department of Defense)
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US Diplomacy
Time to Rebalance America’s Civilian, Military Capacities
A long-touted civilian reserve corps is just part of the solution, but focus should be on boosting permanent US diplomacy efforts

The steady and steep growth of defense budgets, and lack of equivalent support for diplomacy and development, has led to a severe imbalance between the United States armed forces and their civilian counterparts. The Stanley Foundation is working with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to address and find solutions to the problem of the weak state of the US civilian international affairs agencies. To gain insight into the challenge, it’s useful to note a flaw of one of the most prominent proposed remedies: creating a Civilian...

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