JCS Chairman Cautions Against ‘Militarization’ of U.S. Foreign Policy

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The nation’s top military officer has cautioned against the “further militarization” of U.S. foreign policy, calling instead for increased roles for civilian government agencies in future crises.

“[W]e cannot meet the challenges of today and those of tomorrow with military power alone,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen wrote in his recently published annual guidance to the Joint Staff. “To achieve our strategic objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan, to reset, reconstitute, and revitalize the force, and to rebalance strategic risk, it is vital that we not only develop our military capabilities, but also strengthen capacity of other government agencies and that of our foreign partners.”

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