Changing Military Doctrine: Presidents And Military Power In Fifth Republic France, 1958-2000

Hardcover | October 1, 2001

bySten Rynning

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As Rynning shows, armed forces have a natural interest in shaping military doctrine according to their resources, doctrinal traditions, as well as their assessment of the international environment. However, armed forces are also the instrument of policy-makers who are in charge of national security. Using civil-military relations in France from 1958 to the present as a case study, he shows when policy-makers are capable of controlling military doctrine as well as the means armed forces rely on to influence doctrine. Some scholars argue that policy-makers can control military doctrine only when the international environment is threatening--a situation granting them added decision-making authority. Others argue that such control ultimately depends on the degree of domestic political disagreement/consensus. With access to most of the leading military personnel and policy-makers of the era, Rynning provides an analysis that will be instructive to scholars as well as policy-makers and military leaders concerned with contemporary civil-military relations.

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As Rynning shows, armed forces have a natural interest in shaping military doctrine according to their resources, doctrinal traditions, as well as their assessment of the international environment. However, armed forces are also the instrument of policy-makers who are in charge of national security. Using civil-military relations in Fr...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.48 × 6.34 × 0.96 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275972860

ISBN - 13:9780275972868

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?...useful analysis of French national security decision making and the tensions among nationalist, European, and Atlanticist factions in France. Graduate students and faculty.??CHOICE