I suspect the idiom here is animus, -i - that is 'in the minds of the military.....'
You're almost certainly right. The basic meaning of anima
is "breath" or "life force" and is used to mean "mind" or "soul" in a more philosophical or intellectual sense.Animus
has a broader range of meanings, which include "mind," "spirit," "emotions," etc.http://perseus.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.0:2638.lewisandshort