The Politicization of Military Forces; History, Theory, and Practice

by Pascal R. Politano



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/06/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781728313511

About the Book

In his latest book the author of A Sharp Seasoning of Truth proposes a little known organizational system to be used by developing democratic nations to solve deep-rooted non-combat military problems centered on questions of loyalty or allegiance and civil-military relations, as well as the traditional problems of corruption, despotism, nepotism, mutiny, desertion, morale, and soldier-dependent social welfare needs. The basic concept of polwar originated with the Russian commissar system, giving the political cadre absolute control over the communist revolutionary armed forces, thus making them a decisive tool for the preservation of the communist party’s power. In 1924, the concept was introduced in China by Russian advisors, and later was revised and has been used to the present time by both the Communist Chinese and the Nationalists in forms modified to conform to their respective ideologies. In the late 1960s the US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, attempted, unsuccessfully, to superimpose a polwar system, based upon the Chinese Nationalist model, in the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces. It proved impossible to do this while the war continued to rage. Politano suggests that now, a U.N. agency could be established for teaching and assisting to institute polwar systems in the armed forces of developing nations at the host country’s request. And he states with conviction: “All they [the host nation], would have to do is ask for my assistance, and I’d go, as long as I still were able to provide it.”

About the Author

Pascal R. Politano served twenty years in the United States Army in a variety of fields to include intelligence, R&D, psychological operations, political warfare, and special operations. He was selected for the Distinguished Instructor award at the JFK Institute for Military Assistance. He was also the U.S. Senior Advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Political Warfare College. Politano lectured for eight years in English and Political Science for the University of Maryland in Europe. He was selected as intra-European faculty speaker on political warfare and is also a former member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He lived in the Far East, Germany, Italy, and France, and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central America as well. Now retired, Politano resides in a remote area in the foothills of the Adirondacks where he continues to write fiction and non-fiction.