Even though the authority of this field is split into three positions, the president, congress, and the senate. The president's position is dominant. The constitution designates him as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” Leadership in foreign affairs must flow from the president or it will not flow at all. In times of peace he raises, trains, supervises, and deploys the forces that congress is willing to maintain.
When it comes to General Mattis’ leadership style there has been no question that Mattis is efficient and professional. Of course Mattis in known for his colorful phrases and sound-bites throughout the years, even at times landing him on the front page news. I will prove Mattis to be excitable, mischievous and imaginative by the definitions provided for “Dark-Side Personality Traits (NAVS 401 Book). In laymen’s terms, he has emotional outburst sometimes landing him in the hot seat but often more than none winning his follower’s heart; Pushes the limits on rules, policies and laws to create change where he see it is needed and does this with imaginative ways that at times may seem strange or odd at that very point. Although these traits can be viewed in a negative manner, I feel that perception is in the eye of the beholder. For example, General Mattis’ excitableness is what we call in the Marine Corps “motivation”. Marines fed from this which gave Mattis a basis of power through influence; allowing him to change one’s view
As Commander-in-Chief, the President works with the Department of Defense to control the military and works with the Armed Forces of both the House and Senate and the Appropriation Committees to provide military funds.
Imagine a world where you are being watched by the government all the time. This sounds similar to the classical dystopian novel 1984, where Big Brother invades the private lives of its citizens including, the protagonist, Winston. Even though our society is not as invasive we have our own big brother, the NSA. Although it protects U.S. national security, the government should discontinue the surveillance done by the NSA because it is detrimental the U.S. economy the Constitution and the citizens of the U.S.
He is responsible for raising, training, supervising, and deploying all the defense forces. He reviews the troops and often awards service medals. The President meets with military officers, as well as civilian national security advisors.
Consequently, the Obama Administration has silenced defense leader for a long time, so he could keep his Budget Control Act or (BCA). For example “8 years under the Obama Administration, top defense officials were largely silenced and prevented from articulating their concerns about budget cuts and decreased readiness”(Cooper pg1). The Obama Administration neglected top defense officials, which has resulted in “Army has lost more than 205,000 soldiers, or 30 percent of its staff”(Spencer). Nevertheless, this has also resulted in “3 of 58 Army brigade combat teams are considered ready for combat”(Cooper). Conversely, Obama cut down the military so far that America has 150,000-225,000 troops ready in the Army when all of our combat teams should be ready for combat, so that the armed forces can protect America’s interests at home and abroad. Moreover, the Army is not the only who has experienced decreased readiness, for example, there have been budget cuts across the board which have resulted in “The Air Force is the smallest and oldest it has ever been”(Cooper). “80 percent of the United States Marine Corps or (USMC) do not have the minimum number of aircraft they need for training and basic operations”(Cooper). “The Navy’s fleet is the smallest it has been in nearly 100 years”(Cooper). “Maintenance period will increase costs 2.6 times”(Pickup). Accordingly, all parts of the Armed forces have experienced budget cuts
In fact, James Mattis has a history and a reputation of being thought of as more of a loose cannon than that of a beacon of peace and order. The title of “Mad Dog Mattis” is not a term used lightly, and the origins of it are not unfounded in the least; James Mattis earned himself that name which could undermine his whole reputation to be Secretary of Defense. That same behavior which caused “Mad Dog Mattis” to come into reality could potentially disrupt the entire military, and it is that same mindset so many are fearful of as when he spoke in 2005: “Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a…hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling. You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a…lot of fun to shoot them”. While this is something which may rally troops or help to convince of the emotional justification of fighting a war in a foreign country, in the position as one of the members of Trump’s cabinet Mattis, instead of working to raise an army, needs to be a man of not only that loyalty that he has shown through his actions as general, but additionally needs to develop something of an integrity firm enough to resist his instinct to obey Trump’s
If a president has never served in the military it will be far more difficult for them to understand the decisions that need to be made. The President is Commander in Chief of the Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marines. In order to serve this position effectively they need to have extensive knowledge of the military and what that entails (Nagl, 2012). Developing military strategy and making decisions is critical in times of conflict. When a president has military experience the people will have more confidence in their ability to successfully navigate the
Everything the President says is followed closely, at home and in other countries. Some of the roles president does is sign/make treaties, executive agreements, and recognition.
It is made up of the president, presidential advisors, and foreign policy bureaucracies. The president is the spokesperson for and to the nation. His responsibilities include being the commander in chief of the armed forces, negotiating treaties, and appointing ambassadors. The most important of the presidential advisors in the national security advisor. Led by the national security advisor is that National Security Council. The National Security Council (NSC) is in place to advise and assist the president on national security and foreign policies, and they serve as the president’s principle arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies. The NSC was established under the National Security Act of 1947. The State Department is a cabinet-level department that manages the foreign affairs budget and resources. The State Department is required by Congress to certify countries and meeting targets on human rights, arms control, and reducing drug trafficking in order to be eligible for foreign aid. The executive branch makes and carries out foreign and military policies through these
The U.S. Constitution provides power to the President and Congress to develop and enact national security policy (Ulrich, 1). As such our civilian leaders have the right and responsibility to maintain oversight of the military. Two civil-military relations theories, Normal and Clausewitzian, offer competing views. The Normal theory suggests officers are professionals and interference from civilian leaders is inappropriate (Cohen, 4). The Clausewitzian theory contends the statesman may inject himself in any aspect of military strategy since
It is time to fully address the issue of the impending world water crisis by assisting the areas currently experiencing the crisis. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region most in need of international assistance, and a region in which we are already supplying aid. However, our current policies are not getting the
The specific role of the White House Chief of Staff is as complex as it is elusive. The WHCS oversees high-level White House staffing, who is allowed to speak with the President directly, handles the President’s schedule, is a confidant and advisor to the President, handles what information the President receives, negotiates with multiple parties to push the political agenda of the President, and is essentially the President’s fixer (Cohen, D. B., Hult, K. M., & Walcott, C. E., 2016).
The position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was created under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). The position of DNI replaced the Director of the Central Intelligence (DCI) as the senior intelligence official, head of the intelligence community’s 16 agencies, and principal intelligence advisor to the President of the United States (POTUS) and the National Security Council (NSC). The IRTPA of 2004, also established the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as an independent agency to assist the DNI. The ODNI 's goal is to effectively integrate foreign, military and domestic intelligence in defense of the homeland and of United States interests abroad.