Academic journal article Military Review

Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Academic journal article Military Review

Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?

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MISSION CREEP: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy? Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray, eds., Georgetown

University Press, Washington, DC, 2014, 303 pages

In the chapter "An Introduction to Mission Creep" editors Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray assert that since the end of World War II, leaders of the U.S. government have "brought about a growing institutional imbalance at the heart of the foreign policy and national security policy process. This imbalance, many of the chapters in this book suggest, could be said to be gradually 'militarizing' American statecraft and global engagement" To examine this statement, Adams and Murray have collected contributions from a diverse group of authors--some with academic credentials, others with experience in government, and a few with both attributes.

The author of each chapter investigates factors that have led leaders of the government to rely increasingly on the military rather than the Department of State (DOS) to represent the Nation in its interactions with leaders of other nations and their governments. For example, Gordon Adams, who has both academic and government credentials, claims there is a key reason why both the executive and legislative branches have inadequately funded DOS as compared to the Department of Defense (DOD). It is because the number of Americans with ties to DOD is considerably larger than the number with ties with DOS. These funding decisions have notably contributed to an imbalance between DOS and DOD for the past seventy years. …

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