February 27, 2017

Twitter and Facebook are politicizing the military

Featuring Dr. Jason Dempsey

Source: Politico

Journalist Bryan Bender

Social media’s angry partisan divides are seeping into the U.S. military, raising fears that the tradition of political neutrality in the armed services is eroding on sites like Twitter and Facebook, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of the military shared with POLITICO.

The survey, of more than 500 West Point cadets and active-duty officers, is prompting calls for commanders up and down the ranks to reemphasize how impartiality is a major reason why the military regularly polls as the most respected institution in the country.

“Such behavior threatens to erode the trust in which the public holds the military, leading to it being viewed as just another interest group,” writes Army Col. Heidi Urben, a political scientist working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff who compiled the findings while studying last year at the Pentagon's National Defense University. The university will publish the complete findings later this year.

Read the full article at Politico.

  • Dr. Jason Dempsey

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Jason Dempsey is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Dr. Dempsey has written extensively ...