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Exercising war: How tactical and operational modelling shape and reify military practice
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Tactical Warfare Division, Air Operations Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9336-4422
2020 (English)In: Security Dialogue, ISSN 0967-0106, E-ISSN 1460-3640, no 1-2Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes how contemporary military training and exercises shape and reify specific modalities of war. Historically, military training has shifted from being individual- and experience-oriented, towards becoming modelled into exercise environments and practices. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with military officers, exercise controllers, and war-game designers, the article distinguishes between tactical training, characterized by military functions embodied through weapon platforms in a demarcated battlespace, and operational training, characterized by administrative and organizational processes embodied through self-referential staff routines. As military exercises integrate the tactical and operational dimensions into a model for warfare, they serve as blueprints for today’s battles at the same time as they perpetuate a martial viewpoint of the world. As a result, preparations for potential future conflicts constitute a fertile ground for apprehending the becoming of war.

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Sage Publications, 2020. no 1-2
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military exercises, operational art, practices, tactics, war studies, warfare
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8885DOI: 10.1177/0967010619890196OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8885DiVA, id: diva2:1382955
Available from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-02-04

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