On Military Advice to Civilians
jason criss howk

Jason, very important topic; thank you for stepping into the fray. I’d like some clarification on your position on Ridgway. Bacevich argues that Ridgway explicitly agreed to Ike’s strategy in accepting the nomination for Chief of Staff of the Army. When parochial interests got in the way of implementing the President’s strategy, Ridgway sided with the Army rather than the President. Unless I’m off-base (happens regularly) it seems as though you are proposing Ridgway was correct in dissenting to a previously agreed to strategy. Didn’t he have an obligation to the President when he took the job under the pretense that Ridgway helped develop the new strategy before taking the job?

Again, thanks.

Bacevich, Andrew J. “The paradox of professionalism: Eisenhower, Ridgway, and the challenge to civilian control, 1953–1955.” Journal of Military History 61 (1997): 303–334.

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