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No Such Thing as Total Civilian Control of the Military

For the first 170 years of U.S. history, our small military was rarely seen and barely heard in peacetime. However, after 1945 it was felt that we had to maintain a large standing force, faced as we were, or thought we were, by an ideologically and strategically aggressive Soviet Union. It was virtually inevitable that, being so much bigger, the military would leave a much larger imprint on American society than had been the case in the past.

What has this meant for civilian control of the military? What are the implications of an officer corps which appears to be more overtly politicized than before? Robert Goldich will address these questions and more.

Goldich is a specialist in national defense and former head of the Manpower and Budgets Section of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress. CRS is a government agency which provides research and analysis of public policy issues for members and committees of the Congress. Goldich has been employed at CRS since 1972.

Goldich's principal areas of expertise are defense manpower and personnel issues, defense organization and management, U.S. Army and Marine Corps force structure and doctrine, and military history. He has written and coordinated CRS analyses of overall current defense policy issues and is currently working on a major study tentatively entitled "The Marine Corps Prepares for the 21st Century: Selected Issues for Congress." Mr. Goldich has also published articles in various professional journals of military history and defense analysis.

Robert Goldich received a B.A. in history and political science from CMC, an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University in 1977, and graduated from the National War College in 1982.

Robert Goldich's visit to CMC is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and Professor Harold W. Rood.