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Warfare as design: Transgressive creativity and reductive operational planning
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Tactical Warfare Division, Air Operations Section.
2018 (English)In: Security Dialogue, ISSN 0967-0106, E-ISSN 1460-3640, Vol. 49, no 6, p. 493-509Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that the politics of contemporary Western warfare finds an important reference point in discourses on military design. In the 2010s, military design has become a trending topic in military discourses on command and planning methodology. Since Clausewitz, warfare has been considered a phenomenon characterized by a tension between creativity and linear planning, and the ideal commander as someone with the vision to overcome this. By mapping and analyzing tactical, operational, and strategic narratives and practices, the article illustrates how they emphasize a warfare based both on experimentation and artistry and on traditional operational planning. In so doing, military design relies on reductive military concepts to push the tension identified by Clausewitz towards its extreme end-point, idealizing creativity as an objective of warfare. The article ends by asking to what extent military design risks spilling over into other dimensions of social and political life. It concludes that in pushing creativity as part of war, military design builds on and justifies transgressive political practices with the risk of becoming a vital aspect of future governing.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 49, no 6, p. 493-509
Keywords [en]
Creativity, military design, military imaginaries, transgression, warfare, war studies
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8183DOI: 10.1177/0967010618795787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8183DiVA, id: diva2:1253621
Available from: 2018-10-05 Created: 2018-10-05 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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