Few issues define TISS as closely as that of civil-military relations. This topic has been the subject of its best known collective research project, Soldiers and Civilians, as well as the individual research of many of its core members. More than that, the TISS mission has, since the beginning of the organization, bound up in the understanding that engagement between the civil and military communities is vital. During the Vietnam ear, when anti-war feeling was at its height, key members of our organization helped found UNC’s Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense (1970). Their conviction was that rather than divorce oneself from the military officers, it was our duty to educate and learn from them. Today, we continue this tradition through our events and through our executive education programs.