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On “Getting out of the Way” of the Military

On “Getting out of the Way” of the Military

I gave a talk on Strategic Leadership yesterday, and closed it with the following quote from Eliot A Cohen’s ‘Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime‘ (2002:4-5): We can call this consensus the “normal” theory of civil-military relations, which runs something like this. Officers are professionals, much like highly trained surgeons: the statesman is in the position of a patient requiring urgent care. He may freely decide whether or not to have an operation, he may choose one doctor…

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FISA Statistics for 2016

FISA Statistics for 2016

These data were derived from the mandatory report by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives. They indicate decisions taken by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts (FISC) in 2016 on applications for surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It is important to note that this does not provide insight into how 2016 compares to other years, or how the approval rate of FISA applications compare…

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