With news "Worried Trump could 'go rogue,' Milley took top-secret action to protect nuclear weapons" (via @realBobWoodward new book)


Prof @DakotaRudesill's deep analysis of presidential-military control over #nuclear wpns (including Nixon history)
2. Here's the accompanying news story on the Woodward book

via @jamiegangel @jeremyherb @elizabethstuart

3. Also relevant, @steveLkatz's research and findings

"What Do Future U.S. Generals Think About Dissent, Disobedience, and Resignation?"

4. Also relevant to the discussion is this article by @WestPoint_USMA professor @dan_maurer:

"Breaking Ranks in a Civil-Military Crisis: Strategic Communication to Register Dissent"

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