"Strategic leaders have been entrusted with an awesome responsibility from the American people. They must assess societal values, perceptions, and competing interests. As 'gatekeepers,' they must also monitor the boundary of the military organization and its external environment. Such proves to be the example when military and ex-military personnel are involved with extremist organizations or participate in extremist activities. Individuals in strategic leadership positions can change or sustain the organization's culture and communicate its values. Over the past several months, the media, the public, and the military have been concerned about 'the dangerous and growing threat to the republic: Extremist Groups.' This study will examine the origins and recruitment of extremist groups and the responsibility of all citizens to monitor them."
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