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Jim Golby

Jim Golby is a senior fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin and the co-host of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ "Thank You for Your Service" podcast on civil-military relations. He has served as a defense policy advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, special adviser to the vice president of the United States, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, and as a company commander and scout platoon leader in combat in Iraq.
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Trump Is Leaving Biden a Mess in Afghanistan

The departing president neither embraced nor fully repudiated America’s mission.

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The Military Won’t Save Us – and You Shouldn’t Want Them To

It’s deeply irresponsible, not to mention organizationally nonsensical, to suggest that Gen. Milley should evict an election-losing Trump from the White House.

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Haircuts in a Time of Coronavirus?

There have been too many confusing messages during this crisis. Senior military and civilian leaders should be enforcing social distancing as much as discipline, and with one voice.

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Can Military Leaders Handle the Truth About Afghanistan?

Our recent poll suggests that public confidence in the military is high, but that it may be on shaky ground.

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It Matters Whether Americans Call Afghanistan a Defeat

The public’s judgment about whether the United States won or lost the war will affect civilian-military relations for years to come.

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An Admiral Slammed the Shutdown. Can He Do That?

The Coast Guard commandant's viral video reminds us that senior military officers can speak out, carefully — and probably should do so more often.