The Civil-Military Gap in the United States: Does It Exist, Why, and Does It Matter?

The Civil-Military Gap in the United States: Does It Exist, Why, and Does It Matter?

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What is the potential for a divergence in views among civilian and military elites (sometimes referred to as the civil-military gap) to undermine military effectiveness? Although a variety of differences were found among the views of military and civilian survey respondents, these differences mostly disappeared when the authors focused on the attitudes that are pertinent to civilian control of the military and military effectiveness.