Congress and the Military Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper looks at Congress and the military and discusses shaping foreign policy.
# 145237 | 1,755 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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In this article,the writer discusses that where war, defense, national security and military affairs are concerned, Congress does play a determinant constitutional role which revolves on an array of responsibilities, including the designation of budgetary resources to military endeavors, the debating and resolution of military policy disagreements and service as a liaison between those engaged in military actions and the general population of Americans. The writer points out that the interaction between Congress and military is one of the prime vehicles for foreign policy, particularly in our current time of ongoing and uncertain conflict. The writer concludes that as a representative lawmaking body on behalf of the public, it is absolutely the responsibility of both houses of Congress to take on military and foreign policy that the public otherwise has no voice in shaping.

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the most important and determinant impact which Congress has on the military role in foreign affairs is in its oversight of budgetary matters. It has long been the charge of the Congress to shape budgetary bills which are generally proposed by the executive branch. In the case of the military, the executive branch tends to be represented in terms of, if not party, policy orientation. This is because the Secretary of Defense, who is head to the defensive structure based in the Pentagon (often itself used as a term to describe the entire Department of Defense [DoD]), is appointed by the president. The president will typically select one with similar political aspirations within the context of a current policy outlook. Thus, in the matters of defense budgeting, the Secretary of Defense will propose a budget that is likely to be endorsed by the executive branch, which must ultimately give it the final signature to pass into law."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Crocker, R. (2008). Testimony Of Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker Before The Senate Armed Services Committee. Global Online at
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  • Weisman, J. (2006). Battle looms in Congress over Military Tribunals. Washington Post. Online at
  • Zakheim, D.S. (1998). Congress and National Security in the Post-Cold War Era. The Nixon Center. Online at

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