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Ångström, Jan, Professor
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Ångström, J. (2018). Seger: ett begrepp i behov av nyansering. In: Klas Kronberg, Anna-Maria Forssberg (Ed.), Minnet av Narva: om troféer, parader och historiebruk (pp. 213-234). Lund: Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Seger: ett begrepp i behov av nyansering
2018 (Swedish)In: Minnet av Narva: om troféer, parader och historiebruk / [ed] Klas Kronberg, Anna-Maria Forssberg, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2018, p. 213-234Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2018
Series
Armémuseums årsbok, ISSN 0349-1048 ; 76
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8302 (URN)978-91-88661-57-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-15Bibliographically approved
Ångström, J. (2018). The US perspective on future war: why the US relies upon Ares rather than Athena. Defence Studies, 18(3), 318-338
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The US perspective on future war: why the US relies upon Ares rather than Athena
2018 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 318-338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses why the US in its military operations tends to focus on only one dimension in war – the military narrowly understood. More precisely, in the US case, its armed forces tend to be preoccupied with platforms and understand military capabilities as those that deliver death and destruction. I explain this one-sided understanding of the military dimension in war with how the US armed forces think about future war. How the US understands future war is, in turn, a reflection of how it organizes its long-term defense planning procedures. In particular, by approaching the concept of future as by and large structurally determined, a focus on platforms becomes natural. Investments in weapons systems, too, are more easily motivated to Congress since it is easier to attach a price to developing, for example, a new submarine than it is to attach a price to the cost of developing a military organization that is adaptive, learning and anticipating. The understanding of the future as something that happens whether you like it or not is particularly odd in the US context where of course a central tenet of the American dream is that the individual creates her own future.

Keywords
defence planning, strategy, united states, future war
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8299 (URN)10.1080/14702436.2018.1497441 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-15Bibliographically approved
Egnell, R. & Ångström, J. (2017). Afghanistan: Krig utan slut? (2ed.). In: Karin Aggestam och Kristine Höglund (Ed.), Om Krig och Fred: En introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier (pp. 153-172). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Afghanistan: Krig utan slut?
2017 (Swedish)In: Om Krig och Fred: En introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier / [ed] Karin Aggestam och Kristine Höglund, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 2, p. 153-172Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017 Edition: 2
National Category
Political Science Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7000 (URN)9789144115740 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-04 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2018-01-26Bibliographically approved
Ångström, J. (2017). Escalation, Emulation, and the Failure of Hybrid Warfare in Afghanistan. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 40(10), 838-856
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Escalation, Emulation, and the Failure of Hybrid Warfare in Afghanistan
2017 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 40, no 10, p. 838-856Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I argue that hybridization is a contingent result of the dynamics of some conflicts but not others. In particular, faced with opponents with great power, weaker powers seek a situation of asymmetry to gain victory. Drawing on within-case analysis of the conduct of war during the past thirty years in Afghanistan, I demonstrate that what we now consider to be "hybrid" represents an important continuity and strategic option in Afghan warfare. Still, the analysis also demonstrates that choosing "hybrid" has not been a strategy that has worked. Hezb-i-Islami's rather limited attempt for conventionalization of the war against the forces of Dostum and Massoud in 1992 failed and the Taliban's more far-reaching attempt for conventionalization has so far also failed to reap strategic success. This suggests that the threat of hybrid war is inflated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7200 (URN)10.1080/1057610X.2016.1248665 (DOI)000416572900002 ()
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved
Ångström, J. & Noreen, E. (2017). Swedish strategy and the Afghan experience: from neutrality to ambiguity. In: Arita Holmberg & Jan Hallenberg (Ed.), The Swedish presence in Afghanistan: security and defence transformation (pp. 31-54). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish strategy and the Afghan experience: from neutrality to ambiguity
2017 (English)In: The Swedish presence in Afghanistan: security and defence transformation / [ed] Arita Holmberg & Jan Hallenberg, London: Routledge, 2017, p. 31-54Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6473 (URN)9781472474094 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Noreen, E., Sjöstedt, R. & Ångström, J. (2017). Why Small States join Big Wars: The Case of Sweden in Afghanistan 2002-2014. International Relations, 31(2), 145-168
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why Small States join Big Wars: The Case of Sweden in Afghanistan 2002-2014
2017 (English)In: International Relations, ISSN 0047-1178, E-ISSN 1741-2862, Vol. 31, no 2, p. 145-168Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The security behavior of small states has traditionally been explained by different takes of realism, liberalism, or constructivism - focusing on the behavior that aims toward safeguarding sovereignty or engaging in peace policies. The issue of why states with limited military capacities and little or no military alignments or engagements decide to participate in an international mission has received limited attention by previous research. In contrast, this article argues that a three-layered discursive model can make the choices of small states more precisely explained and thereby contribute to an increased understanding of small states' security behavior beyond threat balancing and interdependence. Analyzing a deviant case of a non-aligned small state, this article explains why Sweden became increasingly involved in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan. By focusing on the domestic political discourses regarding the Swedish involvement in this mission, it is suggested that a narrative shapes public perception of a particular policy and establishes interpretative dominance of how a particular event should be understood. This dominant domestic discourse makes a certain international behavior possible and even impossible to alter once established. In the Swedish case, it is demonstrated that this discourse assumed a catch-all' ambition, satisfying both domestic and international demands. In general terms, it should thus be emphasized that certain discourses and narratives are required in order to make it possible for a country to participate in a mission such as ISAF and prolong the mission for several years.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
Keywords
Afghanistan, international interventions, International Security Assistance Force, small states, Sweden
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7199 (URN)10.1177/0047117816651125 (DOI)000403204300003 ()
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved
Ångström, J. & Widén, J. (2016). Religion or reason?: exploring alternative ways to measure the quality of doctrine. Journal of Strategic Studies, 39(2), 198-212
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion or reason?: exploring alternative ways to measure the quality of doctrine
2016 (English)In: Journal of Strategic Studies, ISSN 0140-2390, E-ISSN 1743-937X, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 198-212Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we address the often ignored issue of quality standards for doctrine. In doing so, we contribute to the existing literature on military doctrine, since much of previous research has focused on outlining the effects of doctrine or the causes of particular doctrinal content, rather than how we should measure its quality. The predominant way of understanding quality of doctrine is based on the rationalist understanding of doctrine as a force multiplier. However, rationalist aims do not necessarily tell us anything about the contents of doctrine. Hence, a doctrine can be seemingly of high quality, but ultimately impede or lead armed forces astray. Rather than focusing on the utilitarian side of doctrine, we suggest that doctrine should mainly be understood as articles of faith or a belief system. And thus the quality of doctrine becomes inextricably linked to military norms and military identity. Writing doctrine thus becomes part of ritual, rather than reason.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016
Keywords
doctrine, education, command, force multiplier, religion
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5743 (URN)10.1080/01402390.2015.1115034 (DOI)000372196500004 ()
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-07-20Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, J., Sörenson, K. & Ångström, J. (2016). Strategisk teoris bidrag till förståelse av svensk säkerhets- och försvarspolitik. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 118(4), 445-470
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategisk teoris bidrag till förståelse av svensk säkerhets- och försvarspolitik
2016 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 118, no 4, p. 445-470Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What is the added value of strategic theory in the understanding of Swedish securityand defence policies? By introducing a series of concepts that identify policiesthat are pursued in both peace and war such as escalation, deterrence, andweapons acquisition, we argue that strategic concepts contribute to the analysisof Swedish security policy mainly by highlighting forms of policy that do not conceptuallyrest upon the dichotomy of war and peace. Differently from mainstreamscholarly analysis that treats deterrence as one, uniform concept, we differentiatebetween four different logics of deterrence. Using this conceptual tool, we analyseSwedish policies in the 1950s and 2010s and discover that although Sweden pursueddeterrence during both this periods, her policies depend on a different logic. Bycomparison, 1950s Sweden understood to pursue deterrence understood as a wall,while 2010s Sweden understands the term in terms of a shield.

National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6468 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved
Ångström, J. (2016). Transformation into Nature: Swedish Army Ranger Rites of Passage. In: Peter Halden & Peter Jackson (Ed.), Transforming Warriors: The Ritual Organization of Military Force (pp. 144-162). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transformation into Nature: Swedish Army Ranger Rites of Passage
2016 (English)In: Transforming Warriors: The Ritual Organization of Military Force / [ed] Peter Halden & Peter Jackson, London: Routledge, 2016, p. 144-162Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2016
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6472 (URN)9781138642836 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-01-13Bibliographically approved
Noreen, E. & Ångström, J. (2015). A Catch-All Strategic Narrative: Target Audiences and Swedish Troop Contribution to ISAF in Afghanistan. In: Beatrice de Graaf,George Dimitriu & Jens Ringsmose (Ed.), Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning Domestic Support for the Afghan War. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Catch-All Strategic Narrative: Target Audiences and Swedish Troop Contribution to ISAF in Afghanistan
2015 (English)In: Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning Domestic Support for the Afghan War / [ed] Beatrice de Graaf,George Dimitriu & Jens Ringsmose, London: Routledge, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2015
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5125 (URN)9781138780422 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved
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