In this episode of the MWI Podcast, Maj. Jake Miraldi speaks to Dr. Sarah Kreps, an associate professor of government and adjunct professor of law at Cornell University. Dr. Kreps is also an adjunct scholar at MWI adjunct scholar, and her research touches on a range of topics that directly relate to the conduct of war, both today and in the future.
Dr. Kreps joined the MWI Podcast to discuss her research on how countries go to war, especially democracies, where the expenditure of blood and treasure impacts public support for military operations. From the increasing reliance on borrowing money to pay for wars to the increased distance of actual warfighters from the battlefield as a result of the growing use of unmanned platforms, a number of trends have altered the way in which societies are connected to the wars fought in their name, with consequent impacts on everything to wars’ duration to war termination.
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The disconnect between civilians and military is real and dangerous for the health of all that serve, imho.
Not because soldiers/warriors need gratification from someone else, but because a necessary part of society integration of its members is the understand of each part and how they contributed to the welfare of the whole. And this is not true only for soldiers/warriors. In the past doctors were seeing by a large segment of society as mysterious and sometimes blames for the illness that they were fighting against.
We need to stop talking about who we are fighting against (threat), and refocus our efforts to who we are fighting for (defense of civilians, ours or others). Nobody relates to a doctor fighting a disease we don't quite get how it works. But we all connect with a doctor trying to save a life.