Nathan K. Finney is an officer in the U.S. Army with service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the editor of The Bridge, the Managing Director of the Military Fellowship at the Project on International Peace & Security, a member of the Infinity Journal's Editorial Advisory Board, and a founding board member of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. He has written on issues that involve strategy, building partner capacity, security sector reform, security force assistance, stability operations, and the integration of civilian and military agencies. He holds master’s degrees in Public Administration from the Harvard University and the University of Kansas, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.
There’s been a lot of press on the breaking down of the civilian-military relationship in America. I speak here not of the inherent friction between those providing civilian oversight and control of the military and the leaders in the Pentagon and the regional combatant commands around the world. Instead, I want to address a more positive aspect of the interaction of civilians and the military --- that between our service members and their civilian peers. This interaction comes in multiple forums, from writing to organizing, to daily interactions, and will be the most successful path to re-engaging the civilian-military relationship in America.