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Author Duncan, Stephen M.
Title Only the most able : moving beyond politics in the selection of national security leaders / Stephen M. Duncan.
Imprint Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013.

Author Duncan, Stephen M.
Subject National security -- United States.
United States -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 287 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The power to appoint civilian leaders -- The professionalism of military leaders prior to 1972 -- Personnel is policy -- Politics and unqualified civilian leaders -- The professionalism of military leaders from 1972 to 9/11/2001 -- Civilian leaders who can get things done -- Professionalism in the era of wars of a different kind -- Trust and clashes of culture and competence -- Politics in the middle of war -- The "professionalization" of amateur appointees.
Summary Stephen M. Duncan draws on a lifetime of military, public service, executive, and legal experience to argue with unusual insight and candor why the quality and performance of senior political appointees who are charged even in part with the nation's security must be improved, and offers specific recommendations on how this can be accomplished. This timely book will appeal to Americans of all political persuasions, as well as those with particular interests in political and military history.
ISBN 1442220236 (electronic)
9781442220232 (ebook)
1442220228 (alk. paper)
9781442220225 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 849411351
Additional Format Print version: 9781442220225 1442220228 (DLC) 2012029340


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