Should Military Governance Guidance Return to its Roots

  • August 27, 2009
  • COL Hugh C Van Roosen II

A comparison of the 1943 United States Army and Navy Manual of Military Government and Civil Affairs with the latest version of the United States Army Civil Affairs Field Manual, published in 2006, reveals major changes in doctrine in the intervening sixty three years. While to some degree changing national and international conditions make many of those changes understandable, an argument can be made for the need to recapture the 'military government' essentials found in the 1943 document.