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Michael Howard and Military Politics

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A little more than 50 years ago, Michael Howard delivered the Harmon Memorial Lecture to the department of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy.28 This lecture series was then, and remains today, a noteworthy professional achievement, and as we gather in this roundtable to consider Howard’s comments, one can’t help but marvel at the long and distinguished career we have before us. The Michael Howard of 1967 was, at only 45, already an established figure on both sides of the Atlantic, but he was not yet the legendary figure he would become. To look anew at this lecture, we must summon a vision of this younger Howard, recognizing what he had already achieved, what he was grappling with in his work, and how he chose to guide this particular audience to think critically about their own moment in time. In doing so, we not only honor the work of this remarkable member of our profession, but, I will argue, we can refine our thinking about the most challenging aspect of 21st-century warfare: the deepening entanglement of military and political matters.
TidsskriftTexas National Security Review
StatusUdgivet - 24 feb. 2020
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