Title page for ETD etd-04272011-112513


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Steger, John David
Author's Email Address stegerj@vt.edu
URN etd-04272011-112513
Title DOCUMENT-BASED POLITICIZATION OF THE U.S. MILITARY: A TEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF THE U.S. ARMY COUNTERINSURGENCY FIELD MANUAL (FM 3-24)
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hult, Karen M. Committee Chair
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Nelson, Scott C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Iraq
  • Field Manual 3-24
  • military doctrine
  • U.S. Army
  • counterinsurgency
  • politicization
Date of Defense 2011-04-13
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The politicization of military forces is not a development of the 21st century. Throughout history, armies have taken on roles traditionally relegated to non-military entities and accepted the notion that the actions of even the most junior members of their force may have substantial political implications. The development of the politicization of the U.S. military in Iraq since 2003 has been particularly ubiquitous. Although the politicization of military forces is not a recent development, little effort has been made to locate the manner in which the politicization has been reflected by the doctrines included in the U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Field Manual (FM 3-24). I hypothesize that the doctrines included in FM 3-24 not only codified many systemic strategic and tactical changes for the U.S. military, but also supported the politicization of the military in the 21st century. I conclude that while not at the level I initially suspected, the doctrines included in the FM 3-24 reflected the politicization of the U.S. military in Iraq following its release in early 2007.
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