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Magdalen Hobbs Professor Keteku Cuban Missile Crisis Analysis Due: July 21, 2010 The Cuban Missile Crisis on Meet the Press David Gregory: From NBC News in Washington, this is Meet the Press , with David Gregory. Our guest today is Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne Nielsen, head of the United States Military Academy at West Point’s International Relations program and co-editor, with Don Sneider, of the recent book American Civil- Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era. Welcome to Meet the Press. Your recent book is revisits the conclusions of Samuel P. Huntington's The Soldier and the State , the seminal work in the field of civil-military relations, and takes a different position than Huntington’s, am I correct? Suzanne Nielsen: Yes, we come to the conclusion, unlike Huntington, that the line between civilian and military concerns is not as sharply delineated as many would like it to be, and for that reason, military considerations need to be taken into concern when determining foreign policy. We live in a very complex world, where military and political decisions are increasingly intertwined.
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DG: President Eisenhower warned the American people in 1961, of the coming “Military-Industrial Complex”, the idea that, should the military gain in influence, military spending would get way out of hand. Do you think that this has happened Suzanne Neilson: I think that to truly understand that speech, you have to look at the world Eisenhower lived in. Tellingly, his successor, Jack Kennedy, disagreed
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