Soldiers drawn into politics? : the influence of tactics in civil–military relations
Title: Soldiers drawn into politics? : the influence of tactics in civil–military relations
Citation: Small wars and insurgencies, 2013, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 322-334
ISSN: 1743-9558; 0959-2318
The tactical level has become increasingly important in the conduct of contemporary complex military operations. Yet, the potential impact that this tactical level may have on domestic civil–military relations has been neglected. In this article, we focus on mechanisms by which low-level soldiers have acquired an increasing importance in tactical operations and we suggest that this may influence civil–military relations in the future. We argue that two phenomena deserve particular attention. These mechanisms are not new but they have had new effects by making it possible for soldiers to influence politics in sometimes unforeseen ways: the first is the strategic corporal and the second is the expansion of ancillary tasks. Our contribution lies at the interface between military sociology and security studies and seeks to show how the tactical level of warfare has become a fundamental context in which civil–military relations are enacted. Exploring these dynamics is fundamental to understanding under what conditions soldiers may interact with other actors in complex operations.
Published online: 30 Apr 2013
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