Raphael S. Cohen

A former active duty Army officer, Raphael S. Cohen is a political scientist with the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and an adjunct professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. This essay draws on the longer monograph, "Air Force Strategic Planning: Past, Present and Future."

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Understanding the U.S. Military’s Morale “Crisis”

Raphael Cohen of RAND argues that the morale "crisis" currently afflicting the U.S. military is not due to combat stress, changes in U.S. military culture, or even cuts to military benefits, but rather stems from a perception that all the hard work and sacrifices made in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem to have achieved little.