Civil Military Relationship
We need to start sharing not the burden, but the responsibility
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Before I share my views on this most sensitive topic, I want to make it clear that to me, in modern statehood and governance, the real thing that matters is the foundation of the institutions. Means, if the institutions are based on merit, values, professionalism and continuous development, then automatically there will be a healthy competition with an ideal coordination among institutions in connection with contribution to the prosperity of the state. Simultaneously, if one part or some institutions of state do not play their roles effectively as they should, there will be unrest and chaos in the state as inefficiency multiplies its effects.
With due respect, when this issue is discussed in general, we portray it as a WAR between the institutions, which is an entirely criminal approach in my view. Do we think same when such things happen in our own organizations? Being a businessman and an Entrepreneur, I observe and manage these scenarios almost on regular basis. All five fingers are not equal. If one department is not doing well while others are doing well, what do we do? Obviously we focus to enhance heir capabilities through different techniques and try hard to make them equal to other departments to improve overall productivity of organization. Mutual respect, zero tolerance on national interest and unconditional intra-institutional support are the barometers of ideal relationship among institutions.
Then, the most important element in relationship is type of behaviors because behaviors design actions. Sorry to say but we ignore that different institutions have different environments in which they groom their work force. Keeping in view the Civil-Military relationship, I am a firm believer that while commenting on the actions of institutions, we must keep their environments in mind. We cannot have same parameters to gauge both at the same scale. In many scenarios, the room and liberty that is enjoyed by civilians cannot even be imagined for military institutions, while the course of action defined for the military institutions cannot be followed by civil institutions.
What we need is, to work on commonalities while focusing on defined goals. All the institutions must and will have to align their efficiency levels with national goals and interests.
I shall conclude with a quote by Omar Bradley: We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.