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West Point cadets sit in the stands during the 2021 West Point Commencement Ceremony in Michie Stadium on May 22, 2021, in West Point, New York

U.S. civil-military tensions could raise long-term issues

Stable civil-military relations have been a hallmark of American military power. But the U.S. armed forces have recently been drawn into divisive political issues in a way not seen for decades. The prospect of further strained relations, and the media and political scrutiny that will come with it, may pose a distraction for the Pentagon, affecting military morale and performance.

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