Phillip Carter

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Philip Carter is a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security.

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Executive Power

A Rorschach Test for Civil-Military Relations

Earlier this week, I wrote in Slate about how America’s military leaders have seemingly improvised a new norm of civil-military relations in response to President Donald Trump. The latest proving ground for this norm is the debate over how to treat transgender recruits and servicemembers as the Trump administration battles in the courts to uphold Trump’s order banning such individuals from the service. Under this new norm: