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David Kennedy sees hazard in U.S. military-civilian gap

Historians in the News
tags: David Kennedy, military-civilian relations




America's all-volunteer armed forces have led to a growing and dangerous gap between the military and civilian spheres, making it too easy for politicians to order risky deployments with casualties borne by a small, mostly low-income group that does not represent society as a whole, a Stanford historian said Monday.

Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor David Kennedy spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in a public Veterans Day lecture organized by the Stanford Historical Society.

It's been 40 years since the U.S. eliminated the draft in 1973 in favor of an all-volunteer military force, a decision Kennedy argued has adversely affected society and boosted the risk of military adventurism....

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