"Gender and the Civil-Military Gap"
(See S. Lister, pp. 50-53, January 2000 Proceedings)
T. O'Connell, U.S. Army—Your publication provides an essential service to its readers, and as a career Army officer, I often wished we had a similar professional journal that generated such excellent exchanges.
This article, however, sets a very low standard for the first Proceedings issue of the century. It is a rambling, incoherent collection of contradictions. For example, Ms. Lister writes that "military leaders tend to be better-educated and more skilled in Washington bureaucratic politics than their civilian counterparts. Civilian control is given lip service, but those in uniform make the decisions, manage the budget, and control essential information." Later, she writes that "Because civilians make the decisions concerning promotion policies, personnel policies, and the budget, Americans can be reasonably confident that their sons and daughters will be protected…" Which is it, Ms. Lister?