Who is right about how our nation wages war, Samuel Huntington or Eliot Cohen?

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Media Outlet: Foreign Policy

Michele Flournoy, the person most likely to become defense secretary in a future Democratic administration, dissed the hell out of Samuel Huntington’s theory of civil-military relations the other day at the Future of War Conference. There is not a neat separation of civilian and military realms, she was saying. It is not like the civilians decide to go to war and then get out of the way of the military.  

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Thomas Ricks is an ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America  He also is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the blog “The Best Defense.”