File - In this Nov. 17, 2016 file photo, Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn talks to media as he arrives at Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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The military parade for president-elect Donald Trump has come early.Trump has turned to retired officers so publicly and in such large numbers that it raises questions about the proper balance of military and civilian advice in a White House led by a commander in chief with no defense or foreign policy experience.Robert Goldich, a retired government defense analyst who has watched administrations for 44 years, says Trump's focus on retired generals might be unprecedented.The only one announced for a top job thus far is Michael Flynn, a retired three-star Army general. In remarks to the New York Times Tuesday, Trump spoke about the Pentagon post in ways that offer insight into why he is attracted to former generals like Mattis.Bing West, a Vietnam War veteran and former assistant secretary of defense, said Trump's outreach to retired generals is wise.The appointment of too many generals to high civilian positions could prompt fears that Trump is on a path to militarizing U.S. foreign policy or giving the military too much sway in decisions about war and peace.Still, some retired generals are leery of Trump stacking his national security team with warriors.
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