Challenges to Civilian Control of the Military: A Rational Choice Approach to the War on Terror
Glenn Sulmasy* 
John Yoo** 
54 UCLA L. Rev. 1815

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Legal study of the institutions of national security decisionmaking has focused primarily on the allocation of authority between the president and the U.S. Congress to wage war. An overlooked gap within this framework is the strained relations between the U.S. civilian leadership and the military. The War on Terror has exacerbated these tensions—particularly with the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. A rational choice framework is proposed to better address challenges to the civilian-military relations.

* Judge Advocate, Associate Professor of Law, U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
** Professor of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.

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