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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Adm. Mike Mullen observes disconnect between U.S. military and broader public

By Greg Jaffe

The country's top military officer praised the public's outward support of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan on Monday, while lamenting the increasing gap between the U.S. military and the American public.

"America doesn't know its military and the United States military doesn't know America," said Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The chairman's speech came at a conference, held at National Defense University, that focused on how the military understands its role in American society and how it should interact with both the White House and Congress after 10 years of war.

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By Greg Jaffe  | January 11, 2011; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Military  
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