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The transformation of commandship in Denmark: From patriarchy to an adaptive projective arrangement

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Vilhelm Stefan Holsting - Foredragsholder

Since the end of the Cold War the basis of the military commandship has been displaced as a consequence of changing domestic and international requirements. Even at the moment radical changes are carried out in the Danish Armed Forces related to the latest political agreement. Beside major transformations of the military profession the transformations cause mutual critique, denunciation and disputes between political and professional actors in which the justification of the military commandship is put to the test. The question is how this affects the profession of military commandship and the future role of the commanding officer? Based on the current results of an ongoing Danish PhD study the presentation invites to a reflection on the changing nature of the profession of military commandship. The presentation offers a view on the critical capacity of the higher military commandship - the ability to act in a critical political environment without regressing to disobedience or resignation - and a view on the displacement of military regimes of justification in the light of economic and security changes at the societal level since the end of the Cold War seen from a Danish point of view. It is argued that the entrance of new regimes of justification are challenging the traditional view of the military commandship displacing it from a sort of domestic patriarchy to adaptive project management through a number of justificatory stages. This displacement is related to several domestic modernization programs of the public sector and the changing nature of the global security situation since the end of the Cold War. The questions are what keeps the profession of military commandship together in a time of continuous radical transformations and how should it affect the education of the officer’s corps in the future?
8 jun. 2015

Begivenhed (Konference)

TitelEuropean Research Group on Military and Society
Forkortet titelERGOMAS
AfholdelsesstedThe Open University of Israel
ByTel Aviv
Grad af anerkendelseInternational begivenhed
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